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C. Ronaldo emerges highest-paid footballer ahead of Messi, Neymar

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Cristiano Ronaldo, has been named the highest-paid footballer on the planet, in the annual Forbes list published on Friday.

Juventus forward, Ronaldo comes second on the list of the best-paid athletes for 2020 as tennis superstar, Roger Federer top the list although Ronaldo is the highest paid footballer on the list.

Federer earned $106.3m (£86.3m) in the last 12 months including $100m (£81.2m) in endorsements, moving him up four places and become the first tennis player to top the list.
Ronaldo (£85.3m), Lionel Messi (£84.5m), Neymar Jr. (£77.6m) and American basketball player LeBron James (£71.6m) complete the top five.

“The coronavirus pandemic triggered salary cuts for football stars Messi and Ronaldo, clearing the way for a tennis player to rank as the world’s highest-paid athlete for the first time.

“Roger Federer is the perfect pitchman for companies, resulting in an unparalleled endorsement portfolio of blue-chip brands worth $100m a year for the tennis great,” Kurt Badenhausen, who is a senior editor at Forbes, said.

Ronaldo emerges highest-paid footballer ahead of Messi, Neymar