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Forbes releases list of 100 highest-paid athletes

No NHL players or Canadians made the list, but Toronto Raptors point guard DeMar DeRozan placed 32nd with earnings of $31.6 million, $26.6 million in salary and an additional $5 million in sponsorships.

Forbes has released its 2017 list of highest paid athletes, with soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo and basketballer LeBron James topping the list.

Basketball icon LeBron James is Ronaldo's nearest challenger with total earnings of $86.2m, the Cleveland Cavaliers point guard's income seeing him claim £20m more in endorsements than the Portugal global.

Reports from Portugal suggest that Real Madrid are preparing themselves for offers from four clubs for Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo, 32, earned a whopping $93 million in the last 12 months, including $58 million in salary and $35 million in earnings from endorsement deals and appearances, according to the Forbes estimate.

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For 15 years in a row, either Floyd "Money" Mayweather ot Tiger Woods topped Forbes' list, but Real Madrid forward and Ballon d'Or victor Ronaldo has broken that chain with an incredible year in sport.

Such is his importance to Real Madrid, both on and off the pitch, that it is nearly impossible to think that Los Blancos would sell Ronaldo. Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who was No. 2 past year, was third on the list, with calculated earnings of $80m ($53m in salary/winnings, $27m in endorsements).

The list of elite athletes consists of players from 11 different sports.

World number two tennis player Serena Williams is the only woman on the list, in 51st, with $27m (£20.92m) made previous year. No NHL players made the cut.

Other soccer playes in the top 25 are No. 18 Neymar ($37 million) and No. 24 Gareth Bale ($34 million).



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