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Rory McIlroy makes top 20 in Forbes magazine's list for highest-earning athletes in 2016

Rory McIlroy has been named in Forbes magazine's list for highest-earning athletes in 2016.

McIlroy came 17th in the list. Together, the 100 leading sportsmen and sportswomen earned a cumulative $3.1bn through salary and endorsements.

Having seen the top of the list dominated by golfer Tiger Woods and boxer Floyd Mayweather for the past 15 years, a new name has reached the summit and for the first time ever, it’s a footballer.

Fresh from winning the Champions League final with Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo can now add the accolade of being paid more in salary and endorsements than any other athlete on the planet.

Not only does Ronaldo boast the highest salary, but he also benefits greatly from extremely lucrative sponsorship deals from the likes of Nike, Tag Heuer and Herbalife.

Only two footballers make it onto the list, with Ronaldo’s great rival Lionel Messi following him up in second, while the rest of the top 20 is made up of stars from the NFL, NBA, formula 1, golf, tennis and boxing.

Both Mayweather and Woods still reach the top 20 despite the former retiring last year and the latter not playing since August last year due to his latest back injury.

Unfortunately for the world’s fastest man in Usain Bolt, he finds himself down in 32nd but could well find himself up the order next year after another Olympic year in Rio, while Scotland’s Andy Murray is placed in 73rd.

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