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Forbes’ World’s Highest-Paid Athletes 2024: Portuguese Soccer Player Ronaldo Tops

Published on May 18, 2024
Current Context: Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese soccer star, topped Forbes’ list of the World’s Highest-Paid Athletes in 2024.
Forbes’ World’s Highest-Paid Athletes 2024: Portuguese Soccer Player Ronaldo Tops
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    • Ronaldo earned an estimated $260 million over the last 12 months, making him the highest-paid athlete in the world for the fourth time in his career.
    • Forbes estimates Ronaldo’s contract with Al Nassr of the Saudi Pro League earned him $200 million this season.
    • As one of the sports world’s most successful pitchmen, Ronaldo earned another $60 million off the field from an endorsement portfolio that includes Nike, Binance, and Herbalife, among others.
    • The world’s 50 highest-paid athletes hauled in an estimated $3.88 billion over the last 12 months before taxes and agents’ fees, up 13% from last year’s record mark of $3.44 billion.
    • Roughly 76%, or $2.94 billion, came from on-field earnings (salaries, bonuses, and prize money) partly because of the Middle Eastern money continuing to flow into sports.
    • The other 24%, or $936 million, is attributable to their endorsements, appearances, licensing and memorabilia income, and other business endeavors.

Question

Ques.1 Who topped Forbes’ list of the World’s Highest-Paid Athletes in 2024?

  • a) Lionel Messi
  • b) LeBron James
  • c) Neymar Jr.
  • d) Cristiano Ronaldo

Answer: d) Cristiano Ronaldo

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