Christiano Ronaldo⚡ became the first footballer⚽ ever to top the Forbes list of richest💰 athletes. He has earned $88m in the last 12 months in which endorsements alone make up 😳£32m. He is followed by his great rival and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi⭐($81.4m). Since 2000, this is the first😱 time the list has been led by someone other than Tiger Woods or Floyd Mayweather👊. Tiger Woods is at 12 while Floyd Mayweather is in 16th position. There are 65 🇺🇸Americans in the top 100 while 5⃣ athletes from Britain also made it to the list. Serena Williams🎾($28.9m) at No 40, and Maria Sharapova😍($21.9) at No 88 are the only women👩 on the list. Other notable persons in the list are FedEx Cup winner✌ Jordan Speith ($52.8m) at No 9, F1 racing driver🏎 Lewis Hamilton in 11th on $46m and golfer⛳ Rory McIlroy at 17 ($42.6m).
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