- Cristiano Ronaldo is now the world's highest earning sport star
- The Real Madrid man earn £70.4million (N27bn) in 2016
- Ronaldo overtakes Tiger Wood and Floyd Mayweather on the list
Cristiano Ronaldo has beaten boxer Floyd Mayweather, golfer Tiger Woods and fellow footballer Lionel Messi to become the world’s highest-paid athlete in 2016.
According to Forbes, the Real Madrid man raked in a staggering £70.4million (estimated at 27bn naira).
It is the first time the Real Madrid ace has topped the charts, taking the crown from boxer Floyd Mayweather and moving ahead of Tiger Woods.
It is also the first time a footballer has become the world’s highest paid sports star and the first time since 1990 a team player has top the list which Micheal Jordan did.
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The Portuguese star’s incredible revenue came from the player’s salary – estimated at a stunning £440k-a-week, his sponsorship endorsements and bonuses.
The 32-year-old pipped rival Lionel Messi to first place with the Argentine pocketing £65m (25 billion Naira) for the calendar year according to Forbes.
The next footballer to appear on the list is Messi’s Barcelona team-mate Neymar who was ranked 21st with £30m (11.4 billion Naira) with Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic earning £29.7m (11 billion Naira).