The 31 year old Portuguese footballer is the first football player in the world to accomplish this crown, he bet his arch rival Messi once again to get the top spot.


According to Forbes’s new SportMoney Index the Real Madrid winger is the best paid athlete in the world.

The magazine research on different aspect of income as well as fact, such as player’s impression over different part of the market.

The Forbes magazine announces Cristiano Ronaldo as world’s top earning  athlete.


The Real Madrid superstar won the Champions league in the year 2016 with his club and won the EUFA Euro first time with his team achieve the top spot in the magazine by beating  LeBron James, Lionel Messi and Nyemar.
Ronaldo earned $88 million last year.

In this Sunday the winger will be 32 and he has know has a special reason to celebrate his birthday even more joyfully,

This year he gets the spot because the Tiger Woods picked up an injury and on the other hand the legendary boxer Floyd Mayweather takes retirement.

Kurt Badenhausen from Forbes Magazine added: “With Mayweather hanging up his gloves and Woods hampered by injuries, there is an opening at the top. Filling the gap is the biggest star in the biggest sport on the planet,”

“This year, soccer icon Cristiano Ronaldo is the world's highest-paid athlete, with earnings of $88m over the past 12 months from salary, bonuses and endorsements. Ronaldo is only the second team athlete after Michael Jordan to rank as the top-paid since Forbes began tracking athlete earnings in 1990.

“Ronaldo's Real Madrid contract is worth more than $50m-a-year in salary and bonuses, and runs through 2018.

“The three-time FIFA Player of the Year is a marketing juggernaut earning $32m off the pitch by our count. He kicked off a contract extension with Nike last year worth $13m-a-year. Other Ronaldo endorsement partners include Tag Heuer, Herbalife, Pokerstars, Clear Shampoo and more. He has his own line of suits, cologne, shirts, shoes, underwear and hotels under construction.

“Ronaldo's massive social media presence is a boon to marketers, encompassing 215 million followers across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. He posted 255 times on social media promoting a brand over the last year. Those posts generated $176m in media value, according to Hookit, which tracks sponsorship value in social and digital media.”

Cristiano Ronaldo earn more of $7m per year than Messi.