Cristiano Ronaldo is now the highest-paid athlete in the world

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Following his transfer to Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr, Cristiano Ronaldo has overtaken Michael Jordan as the highest-paid athlete in the world for the first time since 2017.

According to Forbes, the 38-year-old Portuguese attacker made $136 million (£108.7 million) in the previous 12 months. It is said that his contract with Al Nassr is worth more than 200 million euros (£176.5 million) annually.

Lionel Messi, the captain of Argentina’s World Cup-winning team, is ranked second on Forbes’ list with earnings of $130m (£103.9m).

NBA star LeBron James and boxer Canelo Alvarez round out Forbes’ top 10, with 20-time Grand Slam tennis winner Roger Federer taking ninth position as the only retired athlete on the list.

The earnings reported by Forbes include both on-field profits, such as salary, bonuses, and prizes, as well as off-field revenues, such as sponsorship agreements, appearance fees, and proceeds from licensing and memorabilia sales.

World’s top 10 highest paid athletes 2023

1. Cristiano Ronaldo, football: $136m (£108.7m)

2. Lionel Messi, football: $130m (£103.9m)

3. Kylian Mbappe, football: $120m (£95.9m)

4. LeBron James, basketball: $119.5m (£95.5m)

5. Canelo Alvarez, boxing: $110m (£87.9m)

6. Dustin Johnson, golf: $107m (£85.5m)

7. Phil Mickelson, golf: $106m (£84.7m)

8. Stephen Curry, basketball: $100.4m (£80.2m)

9. Roger Federer, tennis: $95.1m (£76m)

10. Kevin Durant, basketball: $89.1m (£71.2m)

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