Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com
Cristiano Ronaldo has overtaken Lionel Messi to set a new world record for highest annual earnings by an athlete, securing his 17th Guinness World Records title.
The 38-year-old is estimated to have earned a whopping £107.5 million in the 12 months ended May 1, 2023, topping Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-paid athletes for the first time since 2017. That was the case, however. For the third time, Ronaldo topped Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-paid athletes.
He superseded the title from Messi, who was the highest-paid sportsman of 2022 while still at Paris Saint-Germain with an estimated £103m.
The Al-Nassr superstar’s record-breaking earnings are made up of £35m on the field and 68.5 million revenue from advertising revenue combined sponsorship deals, performance fees, memorabilia and royalties.
Forbes calculates athlete earnings based on data from industry insiders, news reports and salary databases.
Last month, after playing his 200th game for Portugal in the Euro 2024 qualifier against Iceland, Ronaldo set the Guinness World Record for most-played male footballer . Ronaldo marked the decisive moment by scoring the late winner.