Cristiano Ronaldo now world's richest sports star

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Cristiano Ronaldo now world's richest sports star

It is the first time the Real Madrid ace has topped the charts, taking the crown from boxer Floyd Mayweather and moving ahead of Tiger Woods.

It is also the first time a footballer has become the world’s highest paid sports star and the first time since 1990 a team player has top the list which Micheal Jordan did.

The Portuguese star’s incredible revenue came from the player’s salary – estimated at a stunning £440k-a-week, his sponsorship endorsements and bonuses.

The 32-year-old pipped rival Lionel Messi to first place with the Argentine pocketing £65m (25 billion Naira) for the calendar year according to Forbes.
Messi came second on the list


The next footballer to appear on the list is Messi’s Barcelona team-mate Neymar who was ranked 21st with £30m (11.4 billion Naira) with Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic earning £29.7m (11 billion Naira).
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