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Cristiano Ronaldo Becomes The World’s Highest Paid Athlete – 2016

Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first footballer to top the Forbes rich list as the world’s highest-paid athlete for 2016.[9]

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The Real Madrid and Portugal forward earned $88 million (£60 million)—$56 million (£39 million) in salary and winnings,[4] plus $32 million (£22 million) from endorsements.

The portuguese star scored 51 goals in 50 matches for Real last season, [10]culminating in his penalty at the San Siro in May, securing the Champions League title for the Spanish club.

The list is made up of two footballers, [1]three basketballers, two tennis players, two golfers and one American footballer.

Ronaldo, 31,[3] pips long-term rival Lionel Messi to the top spot.

With the Barcelona star’s earnings standing at $81.4 million (£56 million), $6.6 million (£4.5 million) behind Ronaldo.

In 2015,[6] the Portuguese was third in the list behind boxers Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, [8]who earned $300 million (£207 million) and $160 million (£110 million), respectively.

Mayweather’s retirement from the sport has seen the American slip to 16th,[9] netting $44 million (£30 million) in 2016.[1]

Source: Newsweek

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