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Checkout Forbes’ 5 highest-earning athletes of 2017

In 2017, athletes all over the world made millions in several currencies from endorsements and wages.

Renowned business magazine, Forbes, as usual, have put out a list of the world highest paid athletes of 2017.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo ($93million)


According to ForbesReal Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is  Ronaldo in 2017 signed a contract extension with Real Madrid which will give him more than $50 million per year until 2021. The Portugal international signed a lifetime deal with Nike worth above  $1 billion.
In 2017, the 32-year-old $58 million from Real in salary and bonuses, while he got $35 million from sponsors.  Ronaldo is being sponsored by the likes of Nike, Tag HeuerHerbalifeAbbott Labs and others.
Ronaldo also got some money from his growing line of CR7 branded products- shoes, underwear, fragrance, jeans and a line of CR7 hotels.
This is the second straight year that Ronaldo is leading as the highest-earning athlete in the world.

2. LeBron James ($86.2 million)


NBA superstar Lebron James is number two on this list with an earning of $86.2 million in 2017.
LeBron has a three-year deal with Cleveland Cavaliers worth $100 million, $31 million per season. The 32-year-old earned $55 million from off-court business from sponsors like SamsungTencentIntelVerizonNikeCoca-ColaBeats by Dre and Kia Motor.
The three-time NBA title winner keeps expanding his business empire with his production company, SpringHill Entertainment, is share in fast-growing Blaze Pizza chain with 17 franchises in Chicago and South Florida.

3. Lionel Messi  ($80 million)


Barcelona star Lionel Messi earned $80 million in 2017 according to Forbes. In 2017, Messi extended his contract with Barcelona which saw his weekly wages go up to $667,000 a week.
In 2017, the 30-year-old earned  $53 million in salary and winnings and $27 million in endorsements. Messi works with sponsors like Adidas, Spanish sunglass maker HawkersEA SportsGatoradeHuawei Technologies and Tata Motors.

4. Roger Federer ($64 million)


Tennis star Roger Federer returned stronger in 2017 to capture the Australian OpenIndian Wells and Miami Open.
In earnings, Federer earned $64 million- $6 million in salary and winnings; $58 million in endorsements.
The 36-year-old works with sponsors like pasta brand BarillaNikeWilsonCredit SuisseMercedesRolexLindtJuraMoet & ChandonSunrise and NetJets.
Even more importantly, the tennis star raised more than $4M for charity through a pair of exhibitions in April in Zurich and Seattle with Seattle.
His Roger Federer Foundation has raised $40 million with $30 million donated to educational programs in Africa.

5. Kevin Durant ($60.6 million)


It was a huge year for Kevin Durant who finally won his first NBA ring with the Golden State Warriors.
His successful year on the court was followed by a successful year in the bank. Durant earned $60.6 million- ($26.6 million in salary/winnings and $34 million in endorsements.
The 29-year-old works with sponsors like NikeBeatsAmerican Family InsuranceBBVASparkling IcePanini and NBA 2K.
He also has investments with the Player’s Tribune, Acorns, Postmates and JetSmarter.
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