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“Cristiano Ronaldo Leads Highest-Paid Athletes List Again; Jon Rahm Surges to Second”

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  • Cristiano Ronaldo clinched the top spot on the roster of highest-earning athletes for the fourth time, with Jon Rahm making a noteworthy leap to second place.
  • Reports indicate that the cumulative earnings of the world’s top 10 athletes amounted to a staggering $1.

Cristiano Ronaldo clinched the top spot on the roster of highest-earning athletes for the fourth time, with Jon Rahm making a noteworthy leap to second place.

Last year, Ronaldo dominated the list after his transfer to the Saudi Arabian football club Al Nassr.

Sources reveal that the 39-year-old Portuguese forward amassed $260 million (£205 million) over the past year, a significant surge from $136 million (£108.7 million).

Ronaldo’s long-standing rival Lionel Messi slid down to third place, with Rahm overtaking him.

Rahm, the Spanish golfer, surged to second place following his affiliation with the Saudi-funded LIV Golf tour, reportedly earning $218 million (£172 million).

Football luminaries Neymar and Karim Benzema secured spots in the top 10 after their moves to the Saudi Pro League.

Basketball stars Giannis Antetokounmpo (fifth), LeBron James (fourth), and Stephen Curry (ninth) featured prominently, while American football quarterback Lamar Jackson rounded off the list in tenth place.

Reports indicate that the cumulative earnings of the world’s top 10 athletes amounted to a staggering $1.38 billion (£1.06 billion) before taxes and agent fees over the past year, marking a historic high.

World’s top 10 highest paid athletes 2024

1. Cristiano Ronaldo, football: $260m (£205m)

2. Jon Rahm, golf: $218m (£172m)

3. Lionel Messi, football: $135m (£107m)

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4. LeBron James, basketball: $128.2m (£101m)

5. Giannis Antetokounmpo, basketball: $111m (£88m)

6. Kylian Mbappe, football: $110m (£87m)

7. Neymar, football: $108m (£85m)

8. Karim Benzema, football: $106m (£84m)

9. Stephen Curry, basketball: $102m (£80m)

10. Lamar Jackson, American football: $100.5m (£79m)

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