Ronaldo, LeBron are 2017's highest-paid athletes

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Real Madrid maestro Cristiano Ronaldo retained his top spot as the world's highest-paid athlete as Forbes released its annual ranking of the world's 100 highest-paid athletes. It's the second consecutive season the Real Madrid star topped the Forbes list that included Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James ($86.2 million) and soccer player Lionel Messi ($80 million).

Cristiano Ronaldo says he feels as young as ever after guiding Real Madrid to a record 12th triumph in the European competition.

The Euro 2016 victor earned $93m (£72.05m) from salary, bonuses and endorsements a year ago. The total combined income of the top 100 was $3.11 billion, down a bit from last year's total of $3.15 billion, according to Forbes. This is the second straight year that Cristiano made more money than any other athlete on the planet.

Ronaldo leads his Real Madrid side into the Champions League final against Juventus tonight in Cardiff (7.45pm), looking to win the competition for the third time in four years and the first team to win it two years in a row. National Basketball Association players accounted for 32 players on the list, more than any other sports league, followed by the MLB with 22 players and the NFL with 15 players.

The only woman on the list is tennis star Serena Williams, who made $27 million, including $19 million from endorsements.

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic in 30th with $32m (£24.79m), is the highest-placed Premier League footballer.

Forbes earnings figures include all salaries and bonuses earned between June 1, 2016 and June 1, 2017.

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