Cristiano Ronaldo Tops List of World Best Paid Athletes As Messi Follows

According to Forbes, Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has stepped up by two spots from 2015 to claim the No. 1 spot as the world best paid athlete, knocking off boxers Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, who were 1-2 respectively last year.

The list which takes into consideration salaries, bonuses, prize money, appearance fees, licensing and endorsement income showed that the 31-year-old Portuguese player collected $88 million in 2016, with a hefty $32 million coming in endorsements alone.

Fellow soccer superstar and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is right behind Ronaldo, earning $81.4 million. LeBron James, Roger Federer and Kevin Durant round out the top five. Durant earned $20.2 million in salary in 2016, but is expected to cash in even more when he tests the free-agent market on July 1.Mayweather who had consistently been on the top spot for the past two years fell to No. 16 on the list after, while the recently retired Pacquiao was 63rd.

NBA Two-time MVP Steph Curry finished 69th on the list this year, but that is most likely to change very soon when he cashes in on all his success with the Golden State Warriors. Steph Curry signed a four-year, $44 million deal with the Warriors in 2012.

When it comes to the Big Apple, the Giants’ Eli Manning ranked No. 13, two spots ahead of arch nemesis Tom Brady. The Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony brought in $30.9 million, while aging Yankee pitcher C.C. Sabathia earned $24.4 million.

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