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


Real Madrid’s Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo takes part in training session at the Valdebebas training center in Madrid on November 3, 2014, on the eve of the UEFA Champions League football match Real Madrid CF vs Liverpool FC. AFP PHOTO / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU (Photo credit should read PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images)

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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.

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