Damian Lillard ranks 15 on Forbes' list of world's highest-paid athletes

Ronaldo's great rival Lionel Messi completed the top three but the Barcelona forward - who slips down a place from second - was $13m below on $80m for the 12-month period.

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo and Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star LeBron James lead the list of Forbes' highest-paid athletes for 2017.

James was one of 32 National Basketball Association players who made the top 100 this year, up from 18 last year.

Ronaldo, 32, is reckoned to have earned $93 million between his Real salary ($58m) and off-the-field endorsements ($35m) previous year.

Forbes used salary and bonus data between June 1, 2016 and June 1, 2017, to compile the list.

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There's no Canadian representation to speak of on the list, not even when it comes to the nation's favourite sport - no hockey player made the cut. Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was sixth on Forbes' list with an estimated income of $50 million, tops among the 15 National Football League players on the list.

The 32-year-old topped the influential business magazine's list for the first time 12 months ago. We do not deduct for taxes or agents' fees, nor do we include investment income.

Forbes has announced their annual list of the world's highest paid athletes, and once again Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo holds the title of the richest man in sports. Kevin Durant - $60.6m 6.

There are 21 countries represented on the list, with Americans (63) the most prevalent thanks to sky-high salaries in basketball, American football and baseball.

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