Highest paid athletes


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Top 5 highest paid athletes in the world

Cristiano Ronaldo became the highest-paid athlete in the world. The Portuguese football star, who was born on the island of Madeira, also became the first person with 100 million followers on his main social media page. He won the FIFA World Cup and the UEFA Champions League with both Manchester United and Real Madrid. In 2006, he won the European championship for national football teams with Portugal after defeating France 1-0. Lionel Messi is the other football player in the top 5. The Argentine forward won the FIFA Club World Cup and the UEFA Champions League several times with the Spanish side FC Barcelona. LeBron James and Kevin Durant are the two basketball players in the top 5. LeBron James won his first NBA championship in 2012 with the Miami Heat. Kevin Durant won his first NBA championship in 2017. That year, Durant and the Golden State Warriors defeated LeBron James and his club the Cleveland Cavaliers. Roger Federer, who won an Olympic gold medal in 2008 in Beijing, became the only tennis player in the top 5.

# Athlete Country Pay Sport
1 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal $93 million Football
2 LeBron James United States $86 million Basketball
3 Lionel Messi Argentina $80 million Football
4 Roger Federer Switzerland $64 million Tennis
5 Kevin Durant United States $60 million Basketball