Portugal and Al Nassr star forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, can now be regarded as the world’s highest-paid athlete, according to Forbes Magazine.
Cristiano, beat long-time rival Lionel Messi, to the top spot.
Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the world’s highest-paid athlete for the first time since 2017 following his move to Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr.
Forbes reports that the 38-year-old Portugal forward earned $136m over the past 12 months.
Argentina’s World Cup-winning captain Lionel Messi is second on Forbes’ list having earned $130m.
Forbes’ top 10 also featured basketball star LeBron James and boxer Canelo Alvarez, while 20-time tennis Grand Slam champion Roger Federer is the only retired athlete on the list in ninth place.
Meanwhile, Argentina captain Lionel Messi has been suspended by Paris St-Germain for two weeks after travelling to Saudi Arabia without the club’s permission this week.
The trip followed the French club’s home defeat by Lorient on Sunday, in which Messi played the full 90 minutes.
Messi will not train or play for PSG during the period of his suspension.
It is understood the 35-year-old asked permission to make the journey to carry out commercial work but was refused.
The World Cup winner’s contract at PSG expires in the Summer and there are rumours he might return to Barcelona. (BBC Sports)