Ronaldo in top five highest-paid celebrities in the world

The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar currently rakes in $88m (£66.2m) in salary and sponsorship income, making him one of the wealthiest personalties on the planet


Real Madrid and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo is the joint-fourth highest-paid celebrity in the world, according to new figures published by Forbes.

Ronaldo, who recently helped Portugal win Euro 2016, earns a total of $88m (£66.2m) in salary and sponsorship income, putting him level with American TV star Dr. Phil McGraw.

According to the data, Ronaldo, 31, earns $55m in wages while the rest comes from his several lucrative sponsorship deals with global brands such as Nike, Tag Heuer, Sacoor Brothers suits and Monster headphones.


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Ronaldo ranks above Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, who is the eigth highest-paid celebrity and second wealthiest footballer with an income of $81.5m (£61.3m).

The third richest sports celebrity is basketball icon LeBron James on $77m (£57.9m), while musician Taylor Swift ranks the highest on the list with an income of $170m (£127.9m).

British band One Direction ($110m/£82.7m) and American author James Patterson ($95m/£71.5m) are the only other two celebrities that finish higher than Ronaldo on Forbes’ list.

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