Late last year Forbes published various “highest-paid” lists, including a list of the highest-earning athletes of the decade. Since 2010, a number of athletes earned absolutely astronomical amounts but it was Floyd Mayweather Jr. that topped the list, raking in $915 million.
While the sum itself is already hard to fathom, the fact that Mayweather Jr. only fought 10 fights from 2010 until 2019, makes the figure even more unbelievable. According to Forbes, the boxer earned more than $500 million from his 2015 and 2017 fights against Manny Pacquiao and Conor McGregor combined.
Two football players — Cristiano Ronaldo ($800 million) and Lionel Messi ($750 million) rounded out the top three. Ronaldo benefited from the fact that his Instagram and Facebook followings are the highest of any person in the world, while Messi’s salary last year was the highest of any athlete across team sports, which h
All-action performance from Fernandes plus fireworks in Friday night’s Lisbon derby, watched by SSN’s Gary Cotterill
By Gary Cotterill, Sky Sports News
Last Updated: 18/01/20 7:20am
Bruno Fernandes is inching closer to a switch to Manchester United and Sky Sports News reporter Gary Cotterill was in Lisbon on Friday night as the Sporting captain appeared to say his farewells against Benfica.
United are close to reaching an agreement with Sporting to sign Fernandes in a deal which could be worth up to £60m and he made his final appearance for the Portuguese side in Friday’s derby with Benfica in Lisbon.
It gave the 25-year-old the opportunity to say his goodbyes to the club he has represented since 2017.
He, and the Sporting supporters, were determined to go out with a bang but Benfica were keen to make his potential leaving do a more subdued affair, as Gary Cotterill writes…
Ronaldo looms large
Bruno Fernandes arrived at the Jose Alvalade Stadium for what might be the last time shortly before 8pm on Friday.
He led the team through a marble corridor adorned with images of previous Sporting heroes, including Cristiano Ronaldo, who loomed large in the corridor, giving a man following in his footsteps to Old Trafford a thumbs up.
All the news crews filmed the warm-ups ahead of the game but the lenses were focused on one man.
Fernandes on the pitch
The home supporters in the stadium gave Fernandes a deafening reception as he led the team onto the pitch. He is their captain.
His every touch of the ball saw him get similar treatment. It is all cheers.
A particular crowd favourite came after 25 minutes when he chased back deep into his own half to slide in and reclaim the ball from a Benfica opponent.
He was certainly not holding back.
Talented, there is no doubt whatsoever about that, but he is a grafter, too.
Fernandes took three meaty tackles before the break where he was left on the turf each time.
The Sporting fans were not happy and you can imagine United supporters wouldn’t have been too pleased either.
As Fernandes left the pitch at half-time, he removed his captain’s armband, with Sporting fans perhaps fearing that they had seen the last of him.
At the interval, he was easily man of the match so far in a game his side were getting the better of without breaking the deadlock.
It was not uncommon, even recently, for one of Marcus Rashford’s family to pop their head around his bedroom door and find the Manchester United striker asleep on his bed, an open laptop flickering next to him with footage of the great and good of world football.
Rashford would often squirrel himself in his room, his mobile phone left downstairs, and immerse himself for ho
The pair were tied on five titles each until Messi won the 2019 award back in December. Ronaldo finished third:
France Football @francefootball
Here is the 2019 Ballon d’Or Top 3 ⤵️
1. Lionel Messi
The ranking > https://t.co/cSurv8xUiL
FOX Soccer @FOXSoccer
A league of his own. 🐐
Lionel Messi is the first player to win 6 Ballon d’Ors! https://t.co/Hc6QOHtcuk
The Portuguese forward has started the new year in brilliant form, scoring four goals in two appearances, including his first hat-trick for Juve in Serie A:
Bleacher Report @BleacherReport
First game of 2020. First hat-trick in Serie A.
Ronaldo starting the new year strong 💥 @brfootball https://t.co/1whtYapc2W
Sarri, who took over as Old Lady boss in the summer, wants to help Ronaldo join Messi on six Ballons d’Or, per Sacha Pisani of Goal:
“I would like to help Cristiano win the sixth Ballon d’Or first. It’s really annoying thinking that someone won more [Ballons d’Or] than him. I think about him, and I think helping him, it is my goal and the goal of the team. It is right for him.”
Los Nervionenses arrive at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium as underdogs, and a dip in form has been ill-timed ahead of their trip to the capital.
Despite just one win in five in all competitions, their La Liga record continues to impress, with only one defeat in their last 11 league matches.
According to AS, Sevilla will give Madrid a guard of honour after their Super Cup victory, but all eyes will be on manager Julen Lopetegui as he returns to his former club.
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Lopetegui was dismissed as Spain coach just before the 2018 FIFAworld cup after it was announced he would join Real at the end of the tournament, but the former Porto boss lasted 138 days before he was sacked by Florentino Perez.
The 53-year-old failed to get to grips with the challenge at the Bernabeu, and a 5-1 defeat at Barca was the final straw.
Lopetegui took the reins at Sevilla last June, and his team have proved to be an uncompromising defensive unit, conceding only 18 goals in their 19
Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri has vowed to help Cristiano Ronaldo win a sixth Ballon d’Or, claiming it was “annoying” that Lionel Messi is one ahead of the Portuguese forward in the awards stakes.
Speaking after Juve’s 4-0 Coppa Italia win against Udinese on Wednesday, for which Ronaldo was rested, Sarri said: “I would like to help Cristiano win the sixth Ballon d’Or…
“It’s really annoying thinking that someone won more [Ballons d’Or] than him. I think about him and I think helping him, it is my goal and the goal of the team. It is right for him,” Sarri added, according to Goal.
Ronaldo, 34, sat out what was a comfortable evening for the Bianconeri in Turin as they eased past Udinese thanks to a double from Argentine ace Paulo Dybala in between goals from Gonzalo Higuain and Douglas Costa, sending them into the quarterfinals.
The performance from Dybala in particular highlighted the attacking riches Sarri has at his disposal, and the Juve boss even tipped the 26-year-old forward for world football’s top individual prize in future.
“Dybala is going to be one of the [Ballon d’Or] contenders in the next years
Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri has said it is normal that Paulo Dybala reacted angrily to being substituted in Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Roma.
The Argentinian played a key role in both Juve’s first-half goals at the Stadio Olimpico, delivering the free-kick from which Merih Demiral headed home the first and winning the penalty that Cristiano Ronaldo converted in the 10th minute:
Statman Dave @StatmanDave
Paulo Dybala’s first half by numbers vs. Roma:
100% dribbles completed
83% final third passes
2 tackles won
1 penalty won
Quality. 👏 https://t.co/SGOT5uQbw0
However, soon after Diego Perotti pulled one back for Roma in the 68th minute, Dybala was replaced by Gonzalo Higuain.
He was clearly not happy to be substituted, but speaking ahead of Juve’s Coppa Italia clash against Udinese, Sarri said he had no issues with Dybala’s reaction, per Football Italia:
“I speak to Paulo every day; he’s a very pleasant boy. He only asked me why I brought him off. It seems normal and not something bad. In every line of work, it happens that you argue. The sensation is that our attackers are doing well. Ronaldo is in an extraordinary moment. His record shows i
Audit firm Deloitte has revealed its traditional ranking of the richest football clubs in the world, and the results place Barcelona at the head of the pack.
The La Liga giants top the list for the first time in history since the club’s formation back in 1899, with revenues estimated at €840.8 million EUR (approximately $936 USD). Additionally, Barça become the first franchise to exceed the €800 million EUR threshold.
Coming in second and third are Real Madrid and Manchester United, valued at €757.3 million EUR (approx. $842 million USD) and €711.5 million EUR (approx. $792 million USD), respectively. Rounding out the top five are Bayern Munich with €660.1 million EUR (approx. $735 million USD) and Paris Saint-Germain with €636 million EUR (approx. $707.8 million USD).
Elsewhere Juventus places 10 with Cristiano Ronaldo being a big reason for the club’s return, while the Premier League dominates the top 20 once again. Of the to