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​Footballer named highest paid world athlete...Ronaldo or Messi?

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are first and second in the money league of highest paid athletes in world sport by Forbes magazine.

But it is Champions League winner Ronaldo who finished in top spot, earning £60.7million to his Barcelona rival's £56.19m.

The Real Madrid forward has become the first footballer ever to top the global rankings.

Forbes calculates Ronaldo's salary to be £38.5m per annum, Messi's to be £36.8m.

The 31 year old finds himself top of Forbes' rankings thanks to sizeable endorsement deals with partners including Herbalife, Tag Heuer and Nike and his own underwear and shoe brands.

Ian Ferris
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