Double victory for soccer royalty Cristiano Ronaldo after he just won the Champion League with Real Madrid and now as the world’s highest-paid athlete.
According to the 2016 Forbes list, Portugal Captain earned a stunning $88 million last year.
Topping the American business magazine’s annual compilation of the world’s 100 highest-paid athletes, it just mean he is again ahead of his rival the Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, who earned $81.4 million making the two soccer superstars dominate the list.
It can be gleaned from the list, it is the first time since 2000 that either Golfer Tiger Woods or boxer Floyd Mayweather has not headed the table.
The data also reveals that the top 100 athletes earned an amazing $3.15 billion over the past year.
The figure actually shows a slight decrease from 2015, when the overall $3.2 billion tally was boosted by the $460 million fight between Mayweather and Philippine boxer Manny Pacquiao, that consider as the fight of the century in the world boxing history.
Americans dominated the list with 65 athletes, the 100 sports icon come from 23 countries around the globe.
Golfer Jordan Spieth ($52.8m) named as the biggest mover of the list from rank 85th last year to 9th place this year.
Further, the list also depict that baseball is the most heavily represented sport on the list with 26 names this year.
The Forbes’ list, includes salaries, prize money and bonuses paid out from June 1 last year to the same date in 2016.
The business magazine’s calculations are based on its industry’s insiders and they did not also deduct taxes and agents’ fees.