– Barcelona’s Lionel Messi is ranked third on the annual list by Forbes
– Basketball stars dominate the top ten money list with four entries
Real Madrid and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo has retained his spot at the top of the world’s highest paid footballers list.
Ronaldo, a four time Champions League winner is ranked ahead of NBA star Lebron James and rival Lionel Messi.
Ronaldo is a multiple Champions League winner
According to Forbes annual ranking of the world’s 100 best-paid sportsman, Ronaldo tops the bill with staggering earnings of £71.8million.
Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James who pocketed £66.6m in 2017 is second while Lionel Messi took home £61.8m.
Lebron (left) and Steph Curry (right) are included in the top ten list
Ronaldo, 32, trousered a £44.8m salary from his club Real Madrid whilst £27m came from endorsements.
Before Ronaldo topped the table, the best-paid athlete was either Tiger Woods or Floyd Mayweather for a staggering 15 years in a row.
Messi is included in the top ten list
Woods was ranked No.17 in the list this year despite his troubles on and off the golf course whilst Mayweather didn’t make the top 100 having failed to have a fight last year.