World's Top 10 Richest Athletes by Forbes


NEW YORK: Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has become the highest paid athlete in the world by Forbes magazine .


Forbes magazine issued an annual list of  highest paid athletes which is topped by Cristiano Ronaldo with an amount of $88 million.


The list is as follows:

1.Christiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid - $88 million

2.Lionel Messi – FC Barcelona - $81.4 million

3.LeBron James – Cleveland Cavalries - %77.2 million

4.Roger Federer – Tennis player - $67.8 milliom

5.Kevin Durant – Oklahoma City Thunder - $56.2 million

6.Novak Djokovic – Tennis player - $55.8 million

7.Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers - $53.1 million

8.Phil Mickelson – Golfer- $52.8 million

9.Jordan Spieth – Golfer - $52.8 million

10.Kobe Bryant – Los Angeles Lakers - $50 million


“This year I think is more reflective of what’s going on in the sports world where salaries are sky-rocking for team sports. The minimum to make the list this year went up $2 million to $20.8 million. It’s the first time we’ve seen a team athlete head up the list since 1998 with Michael Jordan,” said Forbes senior editor Kurt Badenhausen.

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