Published: Thu, June 08, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

Cristiano Ronaldo, LeBron James Top Forbes' 2017 Highest-Paid Athletes List

Only four people-LeBron, Lionel Messi, Roger Federer, and Kevin Durant-were able to match or exceed Ronaldo's salary with their combination of salary and endorsements.

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Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo tops Forbes's annual list of the world's highest paid athletes for the second straight year.

James, the 32-year-old basketball star now headlining the NBA Finals, topped all American athletes with $86.2 million in earnings.

For 15 years in a row, either Floyd "Money" Mayweather ot Tiger Woods topped Forbes' list, but Real Madrid forward and Ballon d'Or victor Ronaldo has broken that chain with an incredible year in sport.

The soccer star, who led Real Madrid's Champions League title squad, made $93 million in the past year-$58 million from his soccer salary and $35 million from endorsements.

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Wales worldwide Gareth Bale, Ronaldo's Real Madrid team-mate, remains the highest-earning British footballer, with his $34m (£26.34m) putting him 24th.

James is one of three players competing in this year's NBA Finals to crack the top 10 highest-paid athletes.

World number two tennis player Serena Williams is the only woman on the list, in 51st, with $27m (£20.92m) made past year.

There were 22 Major League Baseball players on the list, led by Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw ($33.3 million) at No. 28.

Lillard earned an estimated $38 million from June 1, 2016 to June 1, 2017, the time frame Forbes used to generate the list.

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