Forbes Reveled Top 10 world’s highest-earning sportsman for 2016 year.

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Forbes Top 10 world highest earning sportsman Forbes named Real Madrid Star Cristiano Ronaldo world’s highest-earning sportsman for 2016 year.

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Forbes Top 10 world highest earning sportsman Real Madrid Star Cristiano Ronaldo is the world’s highest-earning sportsman, according to Forbes’ Sports Money Index.

Los Blanco’s forward’s Ronaldo 2016 earnings are listed as £70.5m in the study, broken down into £44.8m in salary and prize money and £25.6m in endorsements.

Cristiano Ronaldo long-time rival as the world’s greatest player, Lionel Messi, comes in second in the list with £65.2m with NBA Cavs star LeBron James third ahead of Australian Open champion 2017 Roger Federer.

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Newly-crowned Australian Open champion Roger Federer earned £54.3m in 2016.

Forbes Top 10 world highest earning sportsman : Three-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton is Britain’s highest-placed representative in 11th, one place ahead of Golfer Tiger Woods – the former world No 1 earned only £220,000 in golf prize money but remained a marketable commodity with £36m in endorsements. Rory McIlroy is 17th in the list.

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Lewis Hamilton was Britain’s highest-earning sportsman in 2016

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Top 10 Forbes Sports Money Index 2016, top 20 athletes:

1) Cristiano Ronaldo, football, £70.5m

2) Lionel Messi, football, £65.2m

3) LeBron James, basketball, £61.8m

4) Roger Federer, tennis, £54.3m

5) Kevin Durant, basketball, £45m

6) Novak Djokovic, tennis, £44.7m

7) Cam Newton, American football, £42.5m

8) Phil Mickelson, golf, £42.4m

9) Jordan Spieth, golf, £42.3m

10) Kobe Bryant, basketball, £40m

11) Lewis Hamilton, Formula One, £36.8m

12) Tiger Woods, golf, £36.3m

13) Eli Manning, American football, £36m

14) Joe Flacco, American football, £35.6m

15) Tom Brady, American football, £35.3m

16) Floyd Mayweather, boxing, £35.2m

17) Rory McIlroy, golf, £34.1m

18) Russell Wilson, American football, £33.5m

19) Sebastian Vettel, Formula One, £32.8m

20) Philip Rivers, American football, £30.4m

American Football NFL Dallas Cowboys topped the list of most valuable sports teams with an estimated worth of £3.37bn, with Real Madrid second and Barcelona third. The Super Bowl-bound New England Patriots and Premier League Manchester United complete the top five.

The overall Sports Money Index includes athletes, teams, brands and agencies and considers the links between them, with sportswear brand Nike ranked No 1 thanks in part to its associations with fourth-placed Barca, fifth-placed Ronaldo and sixth-placed James.

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American Football Dallas Cowboys (first) and the New England Patriots (fourth) rank in the top five of most valuable teams

Top five most valuable teams in the world 2016:

1) Dallas Cowboys, American football, £3.37billion

2) Real Madrid FC, football, £2.92billion

3) Barcelona FC, football, £2.84billion

4) New England Patriots, American football, £2.72billion

5) Manchester United FC, football, £2.66billion

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