Who Is 2017’s Highest-Paid Athlete in the World?
This guy can take the money and run. Really fast.
Forbes has come out with its list of the highest-paid athletes for 2017 and you need to think globally to guess number one.
Real Madrid superstar Christiano Ronaldo tops the rankings, pulling in a total of $93 million. That takes into account his salary as a soccer player ($58 million) and his endorsement deals ($35 million).
LeBron James took the runner-up spot, with $86.2 million. The top five remains the same as 2016, with the sole exception that James exchanged places with Lionel Messi, who took third.
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Half of the top ten is made of athletes born outside of the U.S., signaling a trend, as athletes from 21 nations appeared on the list. America was the most represented country, though: 63 athletes from the U.S. made the top 100. The NBA also had a stellar showing, with 32 players showing up in the rankings, a huge jump from the 16 last year.
Perhaps the biggest gap exists by gender. Only one woman — Serena Williams (#51, $27 million) — made the cut.