As unlikely as that may seem, Cristiano Ronaldo is actually following Michael Jordan’s footsteps and is the second team athlete to ever top the list since Forbes began their ultra-elite roster of moneymakers back in 1990.

The soccer superstar, the Portuguese Real Madrid forward was just titled as the highest paid athlete in the world. Earning a spectacular $88 million dollars in last year only, contributed by his soccer salary, many endorsements and other investments.

If you weren’t aware, here’s the list of the top 10 highest earning athletes,

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo
    2. Lionel Messi
    3. LeBron James
    4. Roger Federer
    5. Kevin Durant
    6. Novak Djokovic
    7. Cam Newton
    8. Phil Mickelson
    9. Jordan Spieth
    10. Kobe Bryant