Cristiano Ronaldo retains top spot in Forbes' wealthiest athletes list

Reports from Portugal suggest that Real Madrid are preparing themselves for offers from four clubs for Cristiano Ronaldo.

It seems that the world of football only ever has two direct front-runners for the game's most prestigious personal accolade, the Ballon d'Or, with Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi pitting their limitless qualities against one another's, year in, year out.

Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo was the highest-paid player on the list, having earned a total of $93 million between his soccer salary ($58 million) and endorsement income ($35 million).

During Real Madrid's Champions League celebrations, Junior was filmed taking on a few of the elder statesmen amongst the players' children, and duly made minced meat of them much to the palpable excitement of the celebratory Madridistas in the crowd. Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who was No. 2 past year, was third on the list, with calculated earnings of $80m ($53m in salary/winnings, $27m in endorsements).

Also, the former Manchester United man's line of CR7-branded products, which includes shoes, underwear, fragrance as well as a line of hotels add additional income.

Despite playing just seven rounds of golf since September 2015, Tiger Woods still ranks No. 17 in earnings thanks to $37 million in endorsements.

The honour of being named the world's richest athlete comes as no surprise for Ronaldo, whose 121 million Facebook fans are more than any other person in the world.

And, that this would be the world record transfer fee - far usurping what Manchester United paid for Paul Pogba last summer.

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