- Cristiano Ronaldo
- 88,000,000 US dollar(s)
- Not Applicable ()
International soccer superstar and Real Madrid player, Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) is estimated to have earned $88 million (£60.2 million) in the 12 months leading up to 1 June 2016, according to Forbes. The total comprises both wages and sponsorship/endorsement income.
The next highest-grossing footballer of 2015–16 was Lionel Messi (Argentina), with estimated earnings of $81.5 million (£55.7 million).