According to a statement posted on the organization’s website, Portuguese football player Cristiano Ronaldo has established a Guinness World Records distinction for having the greatest yearly income of any athlete in 2023.
“For the first time since 2017 (and third time overall), Cristiano Ronaldo has topped Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-paid athletes, earning himself a Guinness World Records title for the highest annual earnings for an athlete in 2023,” the statement reads.
Forbes estimates Ronaldo’s record earnings for the year to be $136 million, which include $46 million in on-field profits and $90 million in off-field earnings.
With $130 billion, divided equally into $65 million from on-field earnings and $65 million from off-field earnings, Argentine forward Lionel Messi finished in second. Kylian Mbappe, a French footballer, earned $120 million in total, with $100 million of that coming from his on-field earnings.