Ronaldo among top five highest paid celebrities

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London, July 13 (IANS) Portugal’s European Championship winning captain and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, who currently rakes in $88 million a year in salary and sponsorship income, was placed among top five wealthiest personalties on the planet.

Ronaldo is the joint-fourth highest-paid celebrity in the world, according to new figures published by Forbes.

Ronaldo, who recently helped Portugal win Euro 2016 beating hosts France, earns a total of $88 million a year in salary and sponsorship income, putting him level with American television star Phil McGraw, goal.com reported on Wednesday.

According to the data, the 31-year-old Ronaldo earns $55 million in wages while the rest comes from his several lucrative sponsorship deals with global brands such as Nike, Tag Heuer, Sacoor Brothers suits and Monster headphones.

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Ronaldo ranks above Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, who is the eigth highest-paid celebrity and second wealthiest footballer with an income of $81.5 million.

The third richest sports celebrity is basketball icon LeBron James on $77 million, while musician Taylor Swift ranks the highest on the list with an income of $170 million.

British band One Direction ($110 million) and American author James Patterson ($95 million) are the only other two celebrities that finish higher than Ronaldo on the Forbes’ list.

–IANS

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