Ronaldo Tops Forbes List as Highest-Paid Athlete Again

Ronaldo Tops Forbes List as Highest-Paid Athlete Again

Cristiano Ronaldo has once again topped the Forbes list of highest-paid athletes, marking the fourth occasion in his career, with Spanish golfer Jon Rahm rising to second place.

Ronaldo also led the list last year following his landmark transfer to Saudi Arabian football club Al Nassr.

According to Forbes business magazine, the 39-year-old Portuguese striker earned $260 million over the past 12 months, an increase from the $136 million he made the previous year.

Beyond his exceptional football skills, Ronaldo boasts an immense fan base — over 850 million followers across Facebook, Instagram, and X (formerly Twitter), more than any other athlete globally. This extensive reach is a key reason why brands are so eager to associate with him.

Ronaldo’s rival, Lionel Messi, who was second last year, has dropped to third place.

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Jon Rahm ascended to second place after his transition from the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) to the Saudi-funded LIV Golf tour, reportedly earning $218 million this year.

Neymar and Karim Benzema also entered the top 10 highest-paid athletes list following their moves to the Saudi Pro League.

Basketball star Giannis Antetokounmpo ranks fifth, alongside his peers LeBron James in fourth place and Stephen Curry in ninth, all featured on the list.

American football quarterback Lamar Jackson rounds out the group, having earned just over $100 million in 2024.

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Born in Liverpool in 1984, Ian Fletcher, a distinguished betting expert, attained a Master’s in Sports Analytics from the University of Manchester in 2010. Between 2011 and 2019, he was engaged with various English football clubs, focusing on tactical analysis and player performance metrics. Fletcher has contributed to 12 academic papers, emphasizing the role of game tempo and set-piece efficiency. In 2020, he transitioned into the realm of journalism. Presently, Fletcher authors in-depth analytical pieces on football, exploring game dynamics and team strategies, and his expertise is sought after by numerous sports platforms.

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