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Cristiano Ronaldo named in top 5 highest-paid celebrities in the world

Messi, McIlroy, Federer and Vettel also feature on Forbes’ latest list.

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REAL MADRID AND Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo is the joint-fourth highest-paid celebrity in the world, according to new figures published by Forbes.

Ronaldo, who recently helped Portugal win Euro 2016, earns a total of €80 million in salary and sponsorship income, putting him level with American TV star Dr Phil McGraw.

According to the data, Ronaldo, 31, earns €50 million in wages while the rest comes from his several lucrative sponsorship deals with global brands such as Nike, Tag Heuer, Sacoor Brothers suits and Monster headphones.

Ronaldo ranks above Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, who is the eighth highest-paid celebrity and second wealthiest footballer with an income of €74 million.

The third richest sports celebrity is basketball icon LeBron James on €70 million, while musician Taylor Swift ranks the highest on the list with an income of €153 million.

British band One Direction (€100 million) and American author James Patterson (€85 million) are the only other two celebrities that finish higher than Ronaldo on Forbes’ list.

Rory McIlroy comes in at number 60 in the list, earning a cool €38 million. Other sports stars on the list include Roger Federer (€61 million), and German race car driver Sebastian Vettel (€37 million).

Forbes’ top 10 highest earning celebrities 2016:

1. Taylor Swift (musician) –  €153 million

2. One Direction (musician) –  €100 million

3. James Patterson (author) – €85 million

4 = Dr Phil McGraw (personality) – €80 million

4 = Cristiano Ronaldo (footballer) – €80 million

6. Kevin Hart (comedian) – €79 million

7. Howard Stern (radio host) – €76 million

8. Lionel Messi (footballer) – €74 million

9. Adele (musician) – €73 million

10. Rush Limbaugh (radio host) – €71 million

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