The World’s High­est-paid Ath­letes

Forbes - - Leaderboard Sportsmoney -

THE 100 TOP-EARN­ING ath­letes hail from 23 coun­tries and com­pete in ten sports, with Amer­i­cans (65) and base­ball play­ers (26) the most nu­mer­ous. Over the past 12 months these 100 sports­men and -women brought in a cu­mu­la­tive $3.1 bil­lion, 29% of which came from en­dorse­ments and ap­pear­ances.

Real Madrid soc­cer star Cris­tiano Ron­aldo, fresh off scor­ing the clinch­ing penalty kick in the Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal in May, led the way with $88 mil­lion, $32 mil­lion of it from part­ners such as Nike, Tag Heuer and Her­bal­ife—the first time since 2001 that any­one other than Tiger Woods or Floyd May­weather took top hon­ors. For more, plus the com­plete list of 100, see forbes.com/ath­letes.

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