Cristiano Ronaldo Is Now the World’s Highest-Paid Athlete

He’s the only team athlete to ever top the list aside from Michael Jordan.


Soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo‘s life just keeps getting more awesome.

The Portugese Read Madrid forward—who once dated Maxim cover model Irina Shayk—has just been crowned the world’s highest-paid athlete by Forbes, toppling the now-retired ring king Floyd Mayweather. 

Rondaldo raked in a whopping $88 million dollars in the last year through his soccer salary, multiple endorsements, and other lucrative bonuses.

$50 million comes from his role as forward and captain of Real Madrid, with another $32 million earned from his long list of corporate sponsorships, including Nike, Tag Heuer, Herbalife , Pokerstars, Clear Shampoo, among others. He’s also found the time to develop his own lines of suits, cologne, shirts, and shoes for a little extra cash.

Ronaldo follows in the footsteps of Michael Jordan as just the second team athlete ever to top the list since Forbes began this ultra-elite roster of moneymakers back in 1990.

The top 10 highest-earning athletes are listed below, and you can check out the rest of the list right here.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo
2. Lionel Messi
3. LeBron James
4. Roger Federer
5. Kevin Durant
6. Novak Djokovic
7. Cam Newton
8. Phil Mickelson
9. Jordan Spieth
10. Kobe Bryant