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Ronaldo edges LeBron, Messi for top-earning honor

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s staying on top in just about everything.

The Portuguese superstar is the highest-earning athlete for the second-successive season, holding off LeBron James for the honor.

According to Forbes.com, Ronaldo made $93 million this year, edging out NBA star LeBron James and Lionel Messi (who swapped places).

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Neymar is the next soccer player on the list, slotting 19th, while Gareth Bale and Zlatan Ibrahimovic hit the Top 30.

Wayne Rooney is next, placing 70th with $23.6 million, with Luis Suarez one slot behind. Also in the Top 100: Sergio Aguero and James Rodriguez.

LeBron James has a message for Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

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Fresh off leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to glory in the 2016 NBA Finals, LeBron James has switched to full soccer mode.

A big fan of Liverpool, and a minority owner, James has previously visited Anfield to take in games and is open about his love for the Merseyside club.

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He isn’t afraid to give Reds boss Jurgen Klopp a bit of advice ahead of Liverpool’s U.S. tour either, as he posted the following message to the German coach on his Facebook page.

Jurgen, if you need a powerful forward who is extremely competent at putting a ball in a net, LeBron is your man.

Let the “if only our best athletes played soccer” talk begin among American fans in 3, 2, 1…

Liverpool kicks off their U.S. Tour on the West Coast as they play Chelsea in Pasadena, Calif. on Jul. 27 and AC Milan in Santa Clara, Calif. on Jul. 30 in the International Champions Cup. They will also play AS Roma in St. Louis in a friendly on Aug. 1.


PHOTO: LeBron James in Brazil, VIP guest of FIFA for World Cup final

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LeBron James announced he will be returning home to Cleveland earlier this week

What he didn’t mention was a nice little trip to Rio de Janeiro on the way.

‘King James’ was invited to the World Cup final by FIFA, alongside the likes of Ashton Kutcher, Daniel Craig, head of states from across the world and many of the greatest soccer names on the planet.

Check out FIFA’s full VVIP list (that extra V means they are pretty special) here.

Below is the President of the U.S. Soccer Federation, Sunil Gulati, pictured with LeBron who is wearing a U.S. national team scarf before Sunday’s final at the Maracana Stadium.

With James’ links to soccer after investing in Liverpool Football Club, it’s easy to see why one of the biggest names in U.S. sports is high on FIFA’s list of VIP’s.

LeBron is taking his talents to Cleveland but for now, he’s chilling in Rio.

VIDEO: Landon Donovan defends LeBron James on cramping issue

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Landon Donovan’s appearance on the Dan Patrick Show wasn’t limited to soccer, as the Los Angeles Galaxy star was asked for his thoughts on the injury that has dominated the NBA world today: the cramping that caused LeBron James to miss the end of Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

Now, of course, Michael Jordan missed playoff time with cramps, and any player who wasn’t properly hydrated on a soccer pitch knows how briefly-debilitating a cramping calf or hamstring can be. But, let’s hear from the American soccer legend:

“I keep reading and hearing all this crap about how LeBron was soft and weak and I just wanted to give an athlete’s perspective…

“People can play through broken bones… pulled muscles… intense pain, but when your body seizes up on you, you have no chance. I feel bad for the guy that he’s taking so much stick.

“It’s just not fair. When it happens, you can’t move. There’s nothing you can do. It’s not a tough thing. If you don’t think he’s played through, and all those guys have played through, immense pain through all the years, you’re crazy.”

The drama surrounding how Donovan treats his body at his age, and how Jurgen Klinsmann feels about it, adds a little spice to the topic (though not much).

But the fact that his LeBron story dominated the press with anything other than, “Wow, what an inopportune time to cramp up,” is hilarious. I’m not even close to a LeBron fan and I’ve got no beef with the big man.

MLS news roundup: Jamison Olave re-signs, LA Galaxy adds a midfielder, LeBron James talks soccer and more

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Just as New York escapes the Super Bowl frenzy and the cold from back home, trading it for sunny, overly strip-malled Florida, the club made its most significant announcement of a quiet off-season: that commanding center back Jamison Olave has extended his deal at Red Bull Arena.

Olave was easily the team’s top defender, and they apparently got creative in giving the big Colombian a salary bump over his $325,000 guaranteed in 2013.

Across the country, the LA Galaxy added some veteran midfield talent Thursday with the signing of Swedish international Stefan Ishizaki. He’s hardly a star in the making. Then again, he doesn’t have to be.

They’ve got Robbie Keane, Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez for that. In salary capped MLS, it means a lot to have a stockpile of solid, reasonably priced performers mean who know how to do their part. Effectively, he replaces Sean Franklin.

Speaking of Keane: It’s still “easy does it” as the Irishman rehabs slowly and cautiously from off-season Achilles surgery. He expects to be ready by opening day.

Sporting Kansas City announced that it has re-signed right back Chance Myers. Myers just got back from an extended January national team session under Jurgen Klinsmann. While Myers may not quite be international level, he’s probably Top Five in MLS right backs, and his aggressive, no-nonsense style fits right in at Sporting Park. So keeping him happy and motivated is a solid move by the champs.

LeBron James (pictured above) talked some soccer ahead of next week’s big announcement out of Miami. He didn’t say much. But, you know, it’s LaBron James. And he’s talking soccer. So it’s worth a mention.

Look at Colorado goalkeeper Clint Irwin! The man’s got a writing career in him if he gives up this soccer thing. He wrote a nice article about his initial reaction and subsequent reconsideration of Richard Sherman’s much discussed moment. It’s a good, solid piece of work.

Finally, no movement on the Marco Pappa front. Remember, Seattle is on the clock and has until Friday at 1 p.m. PT to make a call on the Guatemalan winger, who just re-signed with MLS. Richard Farley guided you carefully through the ins and outs of that one yesterday.

If Seattle passes, Toronto FC is on the clock but certainly may not have the money to take Pappa. That would leave Columbus with a decision to make. In fact, here’s the entire allocation selection order as it stands tonight, with Pappa up for ordered grabs.

  • 1          Seattle Sounders FC
  • 2          Toronto FC
  • 3          Columbus Crew
  • 4          FC Dallas
  • 5          D.C. United
  • 6          Vancouver Whitecaps FC
  • 7          Chicago Fire
  • 8          San Jose Earthquakes
  • 9          Montreal Impact
  • 10        Colorado Rapids
  • 11         New England Revolution
  • 12        Chivas USA
  • 13        LA Galaxy
  • 14        New York Red Bulls
  • 15        Houston Dynamo
  • 16        Portland Timbers
  • 17        Real Salt Lake
  • 18        Sporting Kansas City
  • 19        Philadelphia Union (Edu)