Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has been named the world’s
highest-earning athlete for the first time, becoming only the second
individual from a team sport ,after Micheal Jordan,to lead the Forbes
rankings since they began in 1990.
Ronaldo, who turns 32 on Sunday, climbed to the top of the list by
earning $88 million in 2016, ahead of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi in second
place with $81m and NBA star LeBron James in third with $77m.
According to Forbes, Ronaldo’s total income rose marginally in 2016, up
to $88m from $80m the year before. However, the retirement of boxers
Mayweather ($300m in 2015) and Manny Pacquiao ($160m in 2015) helped him
to take over at the head of the list.
Golfer Tiger Woods landed the No. 1 spot 12 times, while boxer Floyd Mayweather ranked first three of the past four years.