For a long period, since the Forbes magazine started ranking the best paid athletes that were back in the 1990s, the title of the most paid athlete has always been carried by a basket baller or golfer having Tiger Woods and the Michael Jordan being the people who have carried the title for the most times. Today the case is different Football stars have also claimed the title, and they are the top. These footballers are Lionel Messi and Christian Ronaldo and are both from Spanish League La Liga. Having Christiano Ronaldo, the Real Madrid Winger as the world most paid while Lionel Messi follows.
Footballers are the Highest Paid Athletes
Lionel Messi has been the highest paid footballer for a couple of seasons and but this time the case is different, the 31 year old Portuguese player is a former Manchester united player. Through his football career Cristiano Ronaldo has won 3 English premier league titles and one La Liga championship. He is currently one of the most marketable player in the media out of all players in the word. He was signed by Nike and and Tag Heuer to market their products and this endorsement deals has contributed to the him being the world highest paid footballer
Through Nike social media alone, Ronaldo has generated an estimated of 36 million dollars in 59 posts made in the last 12 months this is according to a study carried out on the top best paid athletes which was conducted by Hookit a company that tracks value of athletes sponsorship value in social media and the other digital media. The total of all Ronaldo partnership is estimated to be over 172 million dollars on social media alone which is generated through his promotional works he carries out.
Highest paid football player in the world
Lionel Messi has been the highest paid player in football world, but he no longer hold the title today, Forbes estimates his worth, and it was around $88.1 million while Cristiano Ronaldo has made around $88 million dollars. Some other highest paid athlete include Tiger Woods, currently he is so far on the cash list because he has an injury and he is not going to the field. Floyd Mayweather a boxing star has also topped the list of the most paid athletes according to fords, but he just retired from the boxing career. Michael Jordan a basket baller was also once a highest paid athlete according to Forbes in the 1990s.
What makes Cristiano Ronaldo standout from the on the list of the highest paid athletes is the salary. According to Forbes estimation of CR7 salary is estimated to around £61 million while the total income from all the whole endorsement deals amounts to £22 million. Basketball stars like Kevin Durant and LeBron James also contest to carry the title of the highest paid athlete but the salary they receive and the deals they hold them back because they don’t amount to all that money that Cristiano Ronaldo makes.
Ronaldo happy with his club Real Madrid
Currently, it seems that Cristiano Ronaldo is not willing to move from his well-paying club Real Madrid although his contract is approaching the expiry date, still he said that if they renewed their contract, he would be more than willing to stay there. He said he was happy with the club although it disappointed him a couple of years ago. The performance of Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid has contributed to claiming the highest paid footballer title in the world. More football club managers are willing to sign Cristiano Ronaldo, but he personally believes that real Madrid is the best club in the world, and that’s why he don’t want to transfer to another team.