Cristiano Ronaldo’s £173m-a-year deal with Al Nassr would see him overtake Lionel Messi as the world’s highest-paid athlete and dwarf sports stars LeBron James and Tom Brady


Cristiano Ronaldo could soon become the richest sports star in the world if he signs for Al Nassr.

The Portuguese striker, currently without a club, has reportedly accepted an offer from Saudi side Al Nassr which will see him earn £173million a year.


Ronaldo will have plenty to smile about if he joins the Saudi league and earns the advertised salary offered

Ronaldo and Manchester United parted ways in November by mutual consent after his explosive interview with TalkTV’s Piers Morgan.

However, the 37-year-old could soon play for the fifth club in his senior career.

If he were to move to Saudi Arabia, Ronaldo would top the list of the highest paid athletes in the world according to Forbes’ ranking in 2022.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is currently third on the list, with Forbes estimating he currently earns around £96m – at least he did before his contract was breached – so his new deal would see him therefore earn a lot more. .

Lionel Messi would go from first to second, the Argentine star earning £108.2m every year.

Neymar is the third and final footballer to make the money-making list, with the Paris Saint-Germain forward on around £79.1m.

James would slip behind Messi and Ronaldo

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James would slip behind Messi and Ronaldo

Half of those in the rest of the ranking are from American sports, including four from the NBA and one from the NFL.

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James would drop from second to third on his £101m-a-year earning, along with fellow basketball stars Golden State Warriors Steph Curry, Brooklyn Nets Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks on around £77.3. million, £76.7 million and £67.3 million respectively.

NFL star Tom Brady earns around £69.9m, tennis legend Roger Federer is on £75.5m and boxing’s Canelo Alvarez earns £74.9m a year.

For now, however, Ronaldo remains silent on his next move, as he tries to navigate the World Cup with his nation.

No one knows yet how long he will continue to play, but he is on his way to becoming the highest paid athlete in the world, another title he can add to his long list of accolades.

Ronaldo tops the list with his new contract

Ronaldo tops the list with his new contract

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