The Highest-Paid Athletes in the World

According to Forbes’ annual list, Cristiano Ronaldo has taken the No. 1 spot for 2016, earning approximately $88 million within the last year. His salary, bonuses, and high-profile endorsement deals with giants like Nike, Tag Heuer, and Herbalife have moved the Real Madrid forward up two spots from last year. Fellow soccer player Lionel Messi landed at No. 2 with $84.1 million—a chunk of which also comes from endorsement deals with brands like adidas, Pepsi, and Gillette.

This is a noticeable change from previous lists, which were typically dominated by Tiger Woods and Mayweather. But now that Woods is struggling with injuries and Mayweather has retired, Ronaldo and Messi are sitting comfortably at the top.

Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James landed at No. 3 with earnings of $77.2 million, followed by tennis player Roger Federer with $67.8 million, and OKC’s Kevin Durant with $56.2 million.

Forbes’ earning figures include salaries, prize money, and bonuses paid out between June 1 of 2015 and June 1 of this year. The publication says its final calculations are “based on conversations with dozens of industry insiders” and adds: “We do not deduct for taxes or agents’ fees, and we do not include investment income.”

The list goes as follows:

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

2. Lionel Messi

3. LeBron James

4. Roger Federer

5. Kevin Durant

6. Novak Djokovic

7. Cam Newton

8. Phil Mickelson

9. Jordan Spieth

10. Kobe Bryant

11. Lewis Hamilton

12. Tiger Woods

13. Eli Manning

14. Joe Flacco

15. Tom Brady

16. Floyd Mayweather

17. Rory McIlroy

18. Russell Wislon

19. Sebastian Vettel

20. Phillip Rivers

21. Rafeal Nadal

21. (tie) Neymar

​23. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

24. Fenando Alonso

25.Gareth Bale

26. Marcell Dareus

27. Peyton Manning

28. Derrick Rose

29. Kei Nishikori

30. A.J. Green

To see the full 100 list, head to Forbes’ website.