Cristiano Ronaldo is the highest-paid sporting celebrity with £73m… as LeBron James also makes the top 10

Cristiano Ronaldo’s aspirations to be the undisputed No 1 footballer in the world are plain to see and now the Portuguese star can lay claim to the highest-paid sporting celebrity.

Forbes has released its annual list of the top 100 highest-paid entertainers with the Real Madrid and Portugal superstar sitting in fifth place.

Ronaldo has dropped one place from fourth in 2017 but iconic No 7’s earnings of £73.2million supersede his footballing contemporaries.

Cristiano Ronaldo is the highest-paid sporting celebrity, according to Forbes' annual rich list

Cristiano Ronaldo is the highest-paid sporting celebrity, according to Forbes' annual rich list

Cristiano Ronaldo is the highest-paid sporting celebrity, according to Forbes’ annual rich list

Ronaldo earned £73.2million - making him the fifth-highest paid celebrity on the list

Ronaldo earned £73.2million - making him the fifth-highest paid celebrity on the list

Ronaldo earned £73.2million – making him the fifth-highest paid celebrity on the list

The 32-year-old led Real Madrid to a La Liga and Champions League Double this campaign

The 32-year-old led Real Madrid to a La Liga and Champions League Double this campaign

The 32-year-old led Real Madrid to a La Liga and Champions League Double this campaign

The forward’s income is heavily boosted by the contract extension he signed with Real last November.

The 32-year-old penned a £365,000-a-week deal at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2021. That wage totals a staggering salary of £19m per year post-tax.

In addition too, Ronaldo has a lifetime deal with Nike worth upward of £790m while his growing line of CR7 branded products now include showed, underwear, fragrance, jeans and a line of hotels.

Ronaldo's unique boots have been revealed by his sponsor Nike for the Confederations Cup

Ronaldo's unique boots have been revealed by his sponsor Nike for the Confederations Cup

Ronaldo’s unique boots have been revealed by his sponsor Nike for the Confederations Cup

The new boots are not available in shops and have been designed only for the player

The new boots are not available in shops and have been designed only for the player

The new boots are not available in shops and have been designed only for the player

TOP 10 HIGHEST-PAID CELEBRITIES 

1. Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs – £102million

2. Beyonce Knowles – £82.7m

3. JK Rowling – £74.8m

4. Drake – £74.06m

5. Cristiano Ronaldo – £73.2m

6. The Weeknd – £72.45m

7. Howard Stern – £70.86m

8. Coldplay – £69.33m

9. James Patterson – £68.53m

10. LeBron James – £67.8m

Ronaldo is expected to win his fifth Ballon d’Or this year after leading Real to their first La Liga title since 2012 as well as a second-successive Champions League success earlier this month.

LeBron James is the only other sporting star in the top 10 which is headed by American rapper Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs (£102m).

Cleveland Cavaliers star James earned £67.8m – with his 2016-77 salary of £24.4m contributing to over a third of that.

James, who will face a must-win game at the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night, has an impressive list of endorsements that includes Nike, Coca-Cola and Beats by Dre. 

Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James is the only other sportsperson in the top 10 with £67.8m

Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James is the only other sportsperson in the top 10 with £67.8m

Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James is the only other sportsperson in the top 10 with £67.8m

American rapper Sean 'Diddy' Combs heads the list by Forbes with £102m earnings

American rapper Sean 'Diddy' Combs heads the list by Forbes with £102m earnings

American rapper Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs heads the list by Forbes with £102m earnings

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