Cristiano Ronaldo (38) became the world’s highest-paid athlete after his move to Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr nearly doubled his annual playing salary while Paris St Germain duo Lionel Messi (35) and Kylian Mbappe (24) round off the top three, according to Forbes.
Ronaldo, who joined the Saudi club on a deal until 2025 after leaving Manchester United last year, earned $136m with Forbes saying his annual playing salary went up to an estimated $75m.
Ronaldo’s contract has been estimated by media to be worth more than 200 million euros ($219.98m).
PSG forward Messi was next on the list after bringing home a combined $130m while club team mate and France captain Mbappe – the youngest on the list at 24 – earned $120m to sit third.
PSG are owned by Qatar Sports Investments.
Los Angeles Lakers player and NBA great LeBron James (38, $119.5m) and Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez (32, $110m) rounded out the top five.
Last year also saw the advent of LIV Golf, the breakaway tour that has lured away some of the U.S.-based PGA Tour’s top players with huge sums of money, and two of its golfers make the top 10.