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Three Football Stars Among 25 Highest Paid Athletes Of All Time

Three Football Stars Among 25 Highest Paid Athletes Of All Time

By David Kappel - Dec 14, 2017 08:00 PM @kappilinho

Three footballers were named among the 25 highest paid athletes of all time on Forbes' "rich" list.

Tired of reading? Click through the mini-gallery above to see which three football stars are among Forbes' highest paid athletes of all time.

Former Manchester United and Real Madrid superstar David Beckham is the highest ranked (former) footballer on the list. The 42-year-old reportedly accumulated earnings worth $800 million (R10 billion) throughout his career and after hanging up his boots.

Forbes claimed that "Beckham's most lucrative years have come in retirement". Overall, he sits in seventh position on the list of the highest paid athletes of all time.

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is currently the highest paid player in football based on overall income from salary, bonus payments and endorsement deals, earning $93 million (R1.25 billion) between July 2016 and June 2017, according to Forbes. The five-time Ballon d'Or winner has accumulated $725 million (R9.8 billion) overall in his career so far and sits in 12th position in Forbes' ranking, while longstanding rival Lionel Messi sits in 16th position.

The Argentine's overall income is estimated to be $600 million (R8 billion), according to Forbes.

Read: The Highest Paid Players In The World After Messi Extension

Former basketball superstar Michael Jordan is the highest paid athlete of all time, with his career earnings totaling $1.85 billion (R25 billion). He is followed by Tiger Woods with $1.7 billion (R23 billion) and the late Arnold Palmer with $1.4 billion (R19 billion).

What do you think Ronaldo and Messi will do after they retire from the game? Have your say in the comments section below.


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the-champion Joined: 22 Jun 2017
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the-champion Dec 15, 2017 08:46 AM
At R5000 per month chiefs bvuma would need to play 700years to catch up with the others! Kkkk
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Pirates_999 Dec 15, 2017 07:47 AM
Messi is only making money at barcows... he is too shy to shine he only knows football after he will become a coach. But My King CR7 will be number 1 before he retire
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Kgandashisa the King Dec 15, 2017 02:49 AM
They are telling us about athletes with big moola and some dom kop obsessed with King cR7 is asking irrelevant and useless questions, i wonder how much does he have this time of the month in his bank account, continue hurting them my king, every time your name is mentioned they have all sorts of bugs in their body, diarrhea, belhazia, abnormal mental reactions, sick fools
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Boikano Dec 14, 2017 10:54 PM
where is MoneyWeather and former Gold star I forgot his name they were treable Penaldo's salary
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Myaka weliPhefeni Dec 14, 2017 09:59 PM
Where s Mayweather? Or his earning less all this athlete?
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Michaeltshigama Dec 14, 2017 09:50 PM
Bvuma is the most paid athlete with $1 per month, kikiki
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murendeni joe Dec 14, 2017 08:55 PM
These athletes are making lot of money
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Mavulela Dec 14, 2017 08:35 PM
Messi is on the right track to break all this record
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spanish laligabbva Dec 14, 2017 08:28 PM
Michael Jordan hmmmmmm intresting very rich

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