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Ronaldo is world’s highest paid athlete earning $93m. Messi is third with $80m

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Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo is the highest paid athlete on earth with earnings of $93 million, according Forbes magazine’s annual ranking of sportstars’ salaries. In a top 100 list dominated by 63 US athletes (29 of them from the NBA), Ronaldo came top of the earnings pile for a second year running.

Wherever you have Ronaldo you can be sure there will be a Lionel Messi nearby. He was ranked third in the list with earnings of $80 million, behind NBA star LeBron James who racked up $86.2 million in earnings.

Ronaldo had a good year in terms of safeguarding his future earnings with a contract extension that will pay $50 million annually for the next four years and lifetime deal with Nike that is worth $1 billion.

What makes him good value for his sponsors who make up $35 million of his earnings is his 277 million followers on social media across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The world player of the year with 121 million Facebook fans has far more followers than any other individual in the world.

Forbes say his posts generated $500 million of media value for Nike in 2016. The research notes that “the 100 highest-paid sports stars earned a cumulative $3.11 billion over the past 12 months, down 1% from last year. But the threshold to make the list rose $600,000 to $21.4 million.”

The European Elite 2017

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Football Clubs’ Valuation is an analysis undertaken by the Football Benchmark team of KPMG’s Sports Advisory Practice that provides an indication of the enterprise value (EV) of prominent European football clubs as at 1 January 2017.

The foundation of this report is an analysis of the latest publicly available financial statements for the 32 football clubs selected for the purpose of this publication.

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