Cristiano Ronaldo retains top spot in Forbes' wealthiest athletes list

by Leon Thompson June 8, 2017, 1:36
Cristiano Ronaldo retains top spot in Forbes' wealthiest athletes list

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has refused to rule out a shock exit from the club this summer.

Forbes has released its 2017 list of highest paid athletes, with soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo and basketballer LeBron James topping the list.

James is one of three players competing in this year's NBA Finals to crack the top 10 highest-paid athletes. He made $24.4 million in salary and $14 million from endorsements.

The 28 year-old earned $50 million (€44 million) in combined salaries, prize money and sponsorship between June of last year, and June of this year.

During Real Madrid's Champions League celebrations, Junior was filmed taking on a few of the elder statesmen amongst the players' children, and duly made minced meat of them much to the palpable excitement of the celebratory Madridistas in the crowd. Forbes calculated its ratings based on income earned in the 12-month period ending June 1, 2017.

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The golfers' income includes course design work. National Basketball Association players accounted for 32 players on the list, more than any other sports league, followed by the MLB with 22 players and the NFL with 15 players.

The 32-year-old topped the influential business magazine's list for the first time 12 months ago.

You can not keep Cristiano Ronaldo out of the limelight right now and it should come as no surprise that the Portuguese sports pages feature the Real Madrid superstar heavily today.

There are 21 countries represented on the list, with Americans (63) the most prevalent thanks to sky-high salaries in basketball, American football and baseball.


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