The former Manchester United man was the highest-earning athlete in 2016 but he no longer has the claim to the title according to the Forbes latest rankings.
Published By: Dalipinder Singh Sandhu (Bliss)
The American based magazine which is published bi-weekly is renowned for its financial analysis and ranking the wealthiest people in the world of each category such as richest 30 people under 30 years of age, athletes in overall sports, athletes per sport, the net-worth of companies and sports teams etc.
In the latest edition of the Forbes magazine, Cristiano Ronaldo is no longer the highest paid athlete but he also is not able to claim the second spot this time. In the list for the year 2017 which Forbes released on Tuesday Floyd Mayweather claims the top spot yet again after his iconic boxing match with Conor McGregor which was the most expensive boxing duel in the history.
Here is the full list:
1) Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather
With his 4th feature on top of the list in last 7 years, Floyd Mayweather has made himself quite accustomized to the Forbes list. The 50-0 boxing champion earned $285 million.
2) Leonel Messi
The Barcelona man has been featuring in the list for quite many years now. The La Liga Champion earned $111 million.
3) Cristiano Ronaldo
The name you will contine to see in this list for years to come. The 5-time Ballon d’Or winner earned $108 million.
4) Conor McGregor
The bout with Floyd Mayweather may not have earned him a victory but it has earned him a lot of money. Conor Mcgregor earned $99 million.
5) Neymar Jr
The costliest footballer on the planet who is one of the favourites to lift the FIFA World Cup 2018 with Brazil has found a lot of succes on and off the field in recent years. The ex-Barcelona man earned $90 million.
6) LeBron James
The Cleveland Cavaliers’ showbiz player is known for his unique suits recently. He earned $85.5 million.
7) Roger Federer
The only player representing his sport, Rafael Nadal the icon of Rolex watches and Wimbledon titles earned $77.2 Million.
8) Stephen Curry
The Gold State Warriors star player revered as one of the greatest shooters ever earned $76.9 million.
9) Matt Ryan
AMERICAN FOOTBALL (NFL)
The quaterback for Atlanta Falcons earned $67.3 million.
10) Matthew Stafford
AMERICAN FOOTBALL (NFL)
The quater back for Detroit Lions earned $59.9 million.
Sports wise the list had 3 footballers, 2 basketball players, 2 athletes from combat sports, 2 from American football and finally the lone wolf, Roger Federer representing Tennis.
The earnings may have been considered as a success by many of the names mentioned but that’s not the case for Cristiano Ronaldo who is reportedly upset with his low earnings than anticipated. The Real Madrid man has asked his club for an improved contract which will make him the highest paid footballer on the planet or else he will be looking for another club which will happily offer him the wages he asks for.
The Portuguese footballer will now travel to Russia for FIFA World Cup 2018 where he will captain his national side as Portugal kicks off their campaign against Spain on 15th June 2018 at 7:00 PM CET.
All the matches of the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 will be telecasted live all around the world via the official broadcasting partners of FIFA.