The distinct line as been shown in the battle for superiority between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in the world Highest paid athletes ranking recently compiled.
the Real Madrid- Portuguese, Cristiano Ronaldo was placed the third highest paid athlete in the world with his fore La-liga contender, Lionel Messi of Barcelona FC right behind him. This was in accordance with a famous US business magazine, Forbes.
The Real Madrid star was said to have earned a total of $82 million (£56.7m), with an annual salary of $53m (£36.7m) and $29m (£20m) in endorsements.
The 31-year-old Portugal captain, who became the world’s highest paid player in football, when he joined Madrid from Manchester United for £80m in 2009, signed a lucrative new five-year contract at the Bernabeu in 2013.
Forbes, which also ranked Real Madrid as football’s most valuable club, said Ronaldo, a three-time FIFA Ballon d’Or winner, is now the best-paid team athlete across all sport.
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, the 2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or winner, was second in the list on $77m (£53.3m), with the 28-year-old’s $51m (£35.3m) salary augmented by $26m (£18m) in endorsements. The Argentina captain renewed his Barca contract in 2014.
Forbes reported that Ronaldo has made $550m (£380.9m) over the course of his 14-year playing career, which began with Sporting Lisbon, while Messi, who has spent his entire career with Barca, has made $450m (£311.5m) in his 11 years.
Former basketball star Kobe Bryant, who retired in April, is the only team sport athlete to have made more than Ronaldo, with Forbes reporting that he earned $680m (£470.8m) in a career that lasted 17 years, while Floyd Mayweather (Boxer) stands on top of the ranking as the highest paid athlete in the world.