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Cristiano Ronaldo Tops Forbes’ Highest-Paid Athletes List for Fourth Time

Cristiano Ronaldo topped Forbes’ list of highest-paid athletes for the fourth time in his career, while Spanish golfer Jon Rahm moved up to second following his sensational switch to Saudi-backed LIV Golf.

Ronaldo became the world’s highest-paid athlete after his move to Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr, and Forbes said the 39-year-old’s estimated total earnings were in the region of $260 million, an all-time high for a soccer player.

His on-field earnings amounted to $200 million, while his off-field earnings were $60 million, thanks to sponsorship deals leveraging his 629 million Instagram followers.

Twice major winner Rahm joined LIV Golf in December in a big-money move that sent shockwaves through the sport, with media reports stating the current world number five would be paid at least $300 million. Apart from that guarantee, Rahm has earned $218 million and joins Ronaldo as the only two athletes to earn over $200 million.


Third on the list is record eight-times Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi, who made a lucrative switch to Major League Soccer side Inter Miami, helping the Argentine World Cup winner earn $135 million. The 36-year-old has earned $65 million in on-field earnings but $70 million off it, thanks to deals with major sponsors such as Adidas and Apple.

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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James is fourth at $128.2 million. Although the 39-year-old, the first NBA player to score 40,000 career points, is nearing the end of his career, the American is set to have one last crack at the Olympics. Fellow NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo ($111 million) of the Milwaukee Bucks rounds out the top five.

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France soccer captain Kylian Mbappe has dropped down to sixth ($110 million). Mbappe announced he would be leaving Paris St Germain after seven years in the French capital, where he became the club’s all-time leading scorer. The 25-year-old is expected to join Spanish giants Real Madrid in the close season.

Former PSG star Neymar, who also moved to the Saudi Pro League to join Al-Hilal, is seventh ($108 million) despite sitting out the majority of the season with a torn ACL. French striker Karim Benzema, who also moved to Saudi Arabia, is eighth ($106 million) on the list, followed by Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry ($102 million). Lamar Jackson is the only NFL player on the list in 10th place ($100.5 million), thanks to the signing bonus negotiated into his new Baltimore Ravens contract last year.

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