World Rich List: Ronaldo Defeats Messi Again

By Ikenga Chronicles February 3, 2017
Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving nothing for his rival, Lionel Messi as he is named the world’s highest-earning athlete in 2016.
The Real Madrid forward tops Forbes magazine’s list for the first time, having earned $88million (£70.6m) last year, up from $80m (£64.2m) in 2015.
This is after the Portuguese defeated the Argentine in all awards in the year 2016 and was most especially named the world footballer of the year.
Messi, follows in second-place with his income totalling $81m ($65m).
Since the list’s inception in 1990, athletes from individual sports have tended to top the list.
Ronaldo is only the second athlete from a team sport to head the rankings, after basketball icon Michael Jordan. LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers forward, is third in the list having earned $77.2m (£61.9m), while tennis star Roger Federer ($67.8m/£54.4m) and the Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant ($56.2m/£45.1m) complete the top five.
Tiger Woods and Floyd Mayweather, two athletes who have dominated Forbes’ rankings in the recent past, placed 12th and 16th after relatively inactive years on the golf course and in the boxing ring.
Alongside Ronaldo, Messi is the only other footballer to place in Forbes’ top 20 and followed by  his team-mate Neymar who ranks joint-21st with Rafael Nadal, earning  $37.5m (£30.1m).
Zlatan Ibrahimovic follows in 23rd-place ($37.4m/£30m) and Wales international Gareth Bale ($35.9m/£28.8m) completes the top 25
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