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Ronaldo stays atop Forbes list of richest athletes

  • Published at 11:59 am June 8th, 2017
Ronaldo stays atop Forbes list of richest athletes
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo remained atop Forbes magazine's list of 100 highest-paid athletes, with Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James moving up to second on a list heavy on NBA players. The 32-year-old Portugal forward is estimated to have earned a total of $93 million between his football salary of $58 million and $35 million in endorsement income. It's the second straight year Ronaldo has topped the list, released Wednesday just days after he spearheaded a 4-1 victory over Juventus that made Real Madrid the first team to retain the UEFA Champions League title. James, with estimated earnings of $86.2 million, was one of 32 NBA players who made the top 100 -- up from 18 last year. He took over second place from the Argentine footballer Lionel Messi, now third with $80 million. Swiss tennis great Roger Federer ($64 million) and Golden State Warriors guard Kevin Durant ($60.6 million) rounded out the top five -- just as they did last year. The Forbes figures include salaries, prize money and bonuses earned between June 1, 2016, and June 1, 2017. Endorsement incomes are an estimate of sponsorships, appearance fees and licensing incomes for the same 12-month period based on conversations with industry insiders. Serena Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam winner, was the lone woman on the list with an estimated income of $27 million -- $19 million of which came from endorsements -- to place her 51st overall.   Rank Name Pay Salary/Winnings Endorsements Sport #1 Cristiano Ronaldo $93m $58m $35m Soccer #2 LeBron James $86.2m $31.2m $55m Basketball #3 Lionel Messi $80m $53m $27m Soccer #4 Roger Federer $64m $6m $58m Tennis #5 Kevin Durant $60.6m $26.6m $34m Basketball #6 Andrew Luck $50m $47m $3m Football #6 Rory McIlroy $50m $16m $34m Golf #8 Stephen Curry $47.3m $12.3m $35m Basketball #9 James Harden $46.6m $26.6m $20m Basketball #10 Lewis Hamilton $46m $38m $8m Auto Racing #11 Drew Brees $45.3m $31.3m $14m Football #12 Phil Mickelson $43.5m $3.5m $40m Golf #13 Russell Westbrook $38.6m $26.6m $12m Basketball #14 Sebastian Vettel $38.5m $38m $500k Auto Racing #15 Damian Lillard $38.4m $24.4m $14m Basketball #16 Novak Djokovic $37.6m $9.6m $28m Tennis #17 Tiger Woods $37.1m $107k $37m Golf #18 Neymar $37m $15m $22m Socer #19 Dwyane Wade $36.2m $23.2m $13m Basketball #20 Fernando Alonso $36m $34m $2m Auto racing #21 Jordan Spieth $34.5m $5.5m $29m Golf #22 Derrick Rose $34.3m $21.3m $13m Basketball #23 Usain Bolt $34.2m $2.2m $32m Track #24 Gareth Bale $34m $23m $11m Soccer #24 Conor McGregor $34m $27m $7m Mixed Martial Arts #26 Kei Nishikori $33.9m $3.9m $30m Tennis #27 Fletcher Cox $33.4m $33.3m $75k Football #28 Clayton Kershaw $33.3m $32.5m $800k Baseball #29 Carmelo Anthony $32.6m $24.6m $8m Basketball #30 Zlatan Ibrahimovic $32m $27m $5m Soccer