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Written by Chineze Ogugua

Real Madrid forward, Cristiano Ronaldo has been ranked the highest-paid sportsperson for the second successive year as Forbes releases its annual list of the world’s wealthiest athletes.


The Euro 2016 winner earned $93m (£72.05m) from salary, bonuses and endorsements last year which saw his earnings rise by $5m (£3.87m) a year on.

Basketball dominates with a record 32 NBA players among the top 100, up from 18 in 2016, followed by baseball with 22, American football with 15 and football with nine.

The top 100 athletes earned a total of $3.11bn (£2.4bn) over the last 12 months, a slight decrease from last year’s earnings of $3.15bn (£2.43bn).

Below is the Top 10 sportspersons:

Cristiano Ronaldo – football ($93m)

LeBron James – basketball ($86.2m)

Lionel Messi – football ($80m)

Roger Federer – tennis ($64m)

Kevin Durant – basketball ($60.6m)

Andrew Luck – American football ($50m)

Rory McIlroy – golfer ($50m)

Stephen Curry – basketball ($47.3m)

James Harden – basketball ($46.6m)

Lewis Hamilton – formula 1 ($46m)

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