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12 Footballers Among 100 Highest Paid Sportsman

Forbes announced Cristiano Ronaldo as highest-paid sportsman 2016 in their recent rich list, but there are 11 other footballers among the 100 best earning sport stars.

Tired of reading? Click through the gallery to see the 12 highest-paid football stars in 2016.

The Portuguese beat his long-standing rival Lionel Messi to second place, earning a whopping $88 million (R1.17bn) – $56 million (R744m) from his salary and winning bonuses plus another $32 million (R425m) in endorsement deals.

"Ronaldo's Real Madrid contract is worth more than $50m-a-year in salary and bonus and runs through 2018," explained Forbes writer Kurt Badenhausen.

"He triggered one of those seven-figure bonuses by leading Real to the Champions League title when he found the back of the net on the clinching penalty kick.

"The three-time FIFA Player of the Year is a marketing juggernaut earning $32m off the pitch by our count.

"He kicked off a contract extension with Nike last year worth $13m-a-year. Other Ronaldo endorsement partners include Tag Heuer, Herbalife, Pokerstars, Clear Shampoo and more. He has his own line of suits, cologne, shirts, shoes, underwear and hotels under construction."

Messi follows with $81.4 million (R1.08bn) – $53.4 million (R710m) from his salary and bonuses plus another $28 million (R372m) in sponsorship deals, ahead of Neymar, who made more money from endorsements than his actual contract.

The Brazilian sits with $37.5 million (R498m) as third-highest-paid footballer 21st position overall, just ahead of Zlatan Ibrahimovic with $37.4 million (R497m, 23rd) and Gareth Bale with $35.9 million (R477m, 25th).

Wayne Rooney ($26.1 million [49th position]), Sergio Aguero ($24.3 million [60]), Luis Suarez ($23.8 million [65]), Bastian Schweinsteiger ($20.8 million [81]), James Rodriguez and Angel Di Maria (both $20.5 million [joint-83]) and Eden Hazard ($20.4 million [85]) are the only other footballers among the top 100 highest-paid sport stars.

Read: CR7 First Footballer To Become Highest Paid Sportsman

Note: Forbes calculate the overall income based on earnings including salaries, prize money, bonus payments and sponsorship deals between 1 June 2015 and 1 June 2016. They do not deduct taxes or agents' fees and do not include investment income.

Which other footballer would you expect among the highest-paid sportsman on earth? Have your say in the comments section below.

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