Fifteen soccer players among Forbes 100 highest-earning athletes; Who’s on top?

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The big news coming out of Forbes annual list of the 100 highest-earning athletes in sports is that a guy from the “dead” sport of boxing became just the second athlete to make more than $100 million in a year, as Floyd Mayweather saw $105 million this year.

But as Mayweather joins Tiger Woods — Forbes says Michael Jordan, Michael Schumacher and Mike Tyson would’ve turned the trick if their earnings were adjusted for inflation — are there any soccer players threatening to join the club?

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Glad you asked. Of the 15 soccer players to make the 100-person list, Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid and Portugal was a mere $20 million from joining Mayweather and Woods, making $80 million this year.

Who else made the list?

2. Cristiano Ronaldo, $80 mil
4. Lionel Messi, $64.7 mil
12. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, $40.4 mil
14. Gareth Bale, $36.4 mil
15. Radamel Falcao, $35.4 mil
16. Neymar, $33.6 mil
43. Wayne Rooney, $23.4 mil
44. Sergio Aguero, $23.3 mil
59. Yaya Toure, $21.7 mil
63. Fernando Torres, $21.3 mil
81. Robin van Persie, $19.5 mil
86. Steven Gerrard, $18.7 mil
89. Mesut Ozil, $18.5 mil
92. Franck Ribery, $18.3 mil
100. Luis Suarez, $17.3 mil

League breakdowns (2013/14 season)
Barclays Premier League – 8
La Liga – 4
Ligue 1 – 2
Bundesliga – 1

Team breakdowns
Liverpool – 2
Manchester City – 2
Manchester United – 2
Barcelona – 2
Real Madrid – 2
Monaco – 1
Arsenal – 1
Chelsea – 1
Bayern Munich – 1
Paris Saint-Germain – 1

The list will change a lot next year, as we can expect Suarez to leap up the list along with new deals for Angel Di Maria, James Rodriguez, Diego Costa and many others.