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Conor McGregor up 61 places in Forbes highest-paid list

08 June 2017

Last week, ESPN devised a formula that combines endorsements with social media following and internet search popularity to create the ESPN World Fame 100 rankings.

Forbes has announced their annual list of the world's highest paid athletes, and once again Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo holds the title of the richest man in sports.

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 worldwide.

Only a night after his father had essentially stolen the show during the Champions League final - this time through sheer brilliance as opposed to a late penalty and gratuitous, movie trailer-ready celebration - six-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo Jr, son of God, had the Bernabeu on its feet.

There's a significant gap between the top three of Ronaldo, James and Lionel Messi and the rest of the list. This is the second straight year that Cristiano made more money than any other athlete on the planet.

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Ronaldo plays for Real Madrid, which recently became the first club in almost 30 years to win the Champions League, Europe's biggest soccer prize, in back-to-back seasons.

According to Forbes, Ronaldo raked in $93 million over the last 12 months, including $58 million in salary and $35 million from endorsements.

World number two tennis player Serena Williams is the only woman on the list, in 51st, with $27m (£20.92m) made a year ago.

Woods ranks No 17 this year, while Mayweather did not make the cut, having had no fights over the past 12 months. The Cleveland Cavaliers star earned an estimated $20 million more than Ronaldo off the court, with $55 million in income from endorsement deals and appearances.

Conor McGregor up 61 places in Forbes highest-paid list