NEW YORK: Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo is still the richest sportsperson on the planet, according to Forbes World’s Highest-Paid Athletes annual list.

The Portugal captain topped the list for the second year in a row, with a net worth of $93m (£72.05m).  Basketball superstar LeBron James was second with $86.2m (£66.79m).

Both Ronaldo and James saw an increase in the revenues. The Portuguese footballer saw his earnings rise $5m, whilst the Cavaliers’ power forward earned $9m more.

Basketball dominated the list with 32 NBA players among the top 100, followed by baseball with 22 and American football with 15.

The top 100 people earned a total of $3.11bn (£2.4bn) over the last year, a slight decrease from last year’s earnings of $3.15bn (£2.43bn).

Serena Williams is the only female athlete in the top 100. The American tennis player is 51st, having made $27m (£20.92m) in the last 12 months.

The top 10:

  • Cristiano Ronaldo – football ($93m/£72.05m)
  • LeBron James – basketball ($86.2m/£66.79m)
  • Lionel Messi – football ($80m/£61.98m)
  • Roger Federer – tennis ($64m/£49.58m)
  • Kevin Durant – basketball ($60.6m/£46.95m)
  • Andrew Luck – American football ($50m/£38.74m)
  • Rory McIlroy – golfer ($50m/£38.74m)
  • Stephen Curry – basketball ($47.3m/£36.64m)
  • James Harden – basketball ($46.6m/£36.10m)
  • Lewis Hamilton – formula 1 ($46m/£35.64m)