- Cristiano Ronaldo is now the world's highest earning sport star
- The Real Madrid man earn £70.4million in 2016
- Ronaldo overtakes Tiger Wood and Floyd Mayweather on the list
Cristiano Ronaldo has beaten boxer Floyd Mayweather, golfer Tiger Woods and fellow footballer Lionel Messi to become the world’s highest-paid athlete in 2016.
According to Forbes, the Real Madrid man raked in a staggering £70.4million.
It is the first time the Real Madrid ace has topped the charts, taking the crown from boxer Floyd Mayweather and moving ahead of Tiger Woods.
It is also the first time a footballer has become the world’s highest paid sports star and the first time since 1990 a team player has top the list which Micheal Jordan did.
The Portuguese star’s incredible revenue came from the player’s salary – estimated at a stunning £440k-a-week, his sponsorship endorsements and bonuses.
The 32-year-old pipped rival Lionel Messi to first place with the Argentine pocketing £65m for the calendar year according to Forbes.
The next footballer to appear on the list is Messi’s Barcelona team-mate Neymar who was ranked 21st with £30m with Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic earning £29.7m.