Cristiano Ronaldo Rumors
James has become a global icon in a sport with massive worldwide appeal, but he still can’t quite match the earnings of the biggest star in the most popular sport on the planet. Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo banked $93 million over the past 12 months to retain the crown of the world’s highest-paid athlete for the second straight year. James moves up one spot to second this year with his career-high haul. Ronaldo had 12 months for the ages. He was named FIFA’s best player in the world for the fourth time, scored his 600th career goal and secured a contract extension with Real that will pay more than $50 million annually for the next four years. Ronaldo inked a lifetime deal with Nike worth upward of $1 billion, and on Sunday he led Real to a second straight Champions League title. Real is the first team to win back-to-back Champions League titles.
Cristiano Ronaldo has once again called out Chicago Bulls star Dwyane Wade. Rather than a Rio Ferdinand-style boxing exhibition, Ronaldo decided to lay down the gauntlet to his NBA counterpart with a fairly clever little snippet that begins with an orange being juggled and ends with a slice of toast being plucked triumphantly from the air.
James collected 24 first-place votes, beating out a pair of Olympic legends: Michael Phelps (16) and Usain Bolt (9), the fastest men in water and on land who are not accustomed to finishing behind anyone. Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, the NL MVP who led his team to its first World Series title since 1908, tied for fourth with Golden State star guard Stephen Curry, last year’s winner. Cristiano Ronaldo, Von Miller and Andy Murray also received votes. James joined Michael Jordan as the only NBA players to win twice. Jordan won it three straight years from 1991-94.
You might be better equipped than most to answer this then: As far as NBA comparisons go, who would be the NBA comparison for Ronaldo? Steve Clifford: Ronaldo would be like … he would be LeBron. Or Kevin Durant or Steph Curry. He’s the best player — now I would say from a money standpoint and everything and endorsements, I don’t know how much he makes, but I’m sure it’s pretty incredible. What about Messi? [Lionel] Messi, to me, that’s a better one [to compare]. I would say Messi of the current players would be more like Steph. You know, totally skilled-based. Not as physically imposing. I would say Ronaldo would be more like LeBron. Obviously a great skill level, but also Ronaldo’s speed and strength is also so exceptional.