Ronaldo named Forbes world’s richest sportsman for the second straight year

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, with earnings of £71.8m, retains the top spot of Forbes’ highest-paid athletes list.

The top 100 earned a total of £2.40bn over the last 12 months, a slight decrease from last year’s earnings of £2.43bn. Endorsement income also experienced a bit of a decline, down 4% to £685mil this year.
Before Ronaldo, the best-paid sports star was Tiger Woods or Floyd Mayweather for 15 straight years. Woods ranks No 17 this year, while Floyd Mayweather did not make the cut, having had no fights over the last 12 months.

Ronaldo, 32, is reckoned to have earned $93 million (€82.5m, £71.7m) between his Real salary ($58m) and off-the-field endorsements ($35m) last year. Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who was No. 2 last year, was third on the list, with calculated earnings of $80m ($53m in salary/winnings, $27m in endorsements).

The Portugal captain, who lifted his fourth Champions League title on Saturday, has a lifetime contract with Nike worth around $1 billion, and counts the likes of Tag Heuer, Herbalife, Abbott Labs as brands for whom he’s a pitchman.

Also, the former Manchester United man’s line of CR7-branded products, which includes shoes, underwear, fragrance as well as a line of hotels add additional income.
Brazil and Barcelona forward Neymar is the next footballer on the list at No. 18, earning $37m, which includes $22m in endorsements on top of his $15m salary.
The list of elite athletes consists of players from 11 different sports.

Basketball dominates with a record 32 NBA players among the top 100, up from 18 in 2016, followed by baseball with 22, American football with 15 and football with nine.
Golfer Rory McIlroy is the highest-earning Briton on the list. His $50m (£38.74m) puts him in sixth place – of that, $34m (£26.34m) came from endorsements.
Wales international Gareth Bale, Ronaldo’s Real Madrid team-mate, remains the highest-earning British footballer, with his $34m (£26.34m) putting him 24th.
World number two tennis player Serena William sis the only woman on the list, in 51st, with $27m (£20.92m) made last year.
Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovicin 30th with $32m (£24.79m), is the highest-placed Premier League footballer.
The other footballers on the list are Wayne Rooney at No. 70 ($23.6m), Luis Suarez at No. 71 ($23.3m), Sergio Aguero at No. 80 ($22.6m) and James Rodriguez at No. 91 ($21.9m).

1) Cristiano Ronaldo- football ($93m/£72.05m)

2) LeBron James- basketball ($86.2m/£66.79m)

3) Lionel Messi- football ($80m/£61.98m)

4) Roger Federer- tennis ($64m/£49.58m)

5) Kevin Durant- basketball ($60.6m/£46.95m)

6) Andrew Luck- American football ($50m/£38.74m)

7) Rory McIlroy- golfer ($50m/£38.74m)

8) Stephen Curry- basketball ($47.3m/£36.64m)

9) James Harden- basketball ($46.6m/£36.10m)

10) Lewis Hamilton- formula 1 ($46m/£35.64m)

Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski voted best outfield player of the season 


Bayern Munich attacker Robert Lewandowski has been voted best outfield player this season by his fellow Bundesliga players.

Lewandowski scored 30 goals in 33 appearances (31 starts) for Bayern and 25 percent of the 248 Bundesliga players voting in kicker’s poll rated him the best outfield performer over the course of the season — ahead of RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita.

Lewandowski, 28, secured his third straight Bundesliga title this season (2015, 2016, 2017), adding to successive title wins under Jurgen Klopp at former club Borussia Dortmund in 2011 and 2012.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Dortmund could only finish third, despite being voted the best performer during the first half of the season and outscoring Lewandowski 31-30 to win Kicker’s prestigious Torjagerkanone for finishing Bundesliga top scorer, aided by two goals on the final day of the season, while Lewandowski drew a blank against Freiburg.

Harry Kane wins PFA fans’ Premier League player of the Season award

Harry Kane has won the PFA Fans’ Premier League Player of the Season award, ahead of N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard.

Over 49,000 votes were cast in the poll, which was held on the Sky Sports website and apps, and Kane, who finished as the Premier League’s top goalscorer, came out on top with 16,378 votes ahead of Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante, who received 13,515 votes.

Hazard, who scored 16 goals and grabbed five assists, finished third with 8,412 votes ahead of Alexis Sanchez (6,727), Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli (3,507) and Everton striker Romelu Lukaku (955).

The top six were chosen by our expert panel, which includedSky Sportspundits Paul Merson and Peter Beagrie, Mike Riley – general manager of the Professional Game Match Officials, and Malcolm Clarke – chairman of the Football Supporters’ Federation.

And it is Kane who has come out on top thanks to your votes, which have been verified by an independent party.

The 23-year-old scored 29 goals and provided seven assists to help Tottenham finish second behind champions Chelsea – their highest Premier League finish.
Kane finished as the league’s top scorer for a second successive season and his performances also saw him named in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year.

Chelsea’s  Antonio Conte wins LMA Manager of the Year

Antonio Conte was named Manager of the Year by the League Managers Association in recognition of his title-winning first season as Chelsea head coach, at their 25th annual awards dinner on Monday night.

Conte led the Blues, who finished 10th last campaign, to the Premier League title and this weekend’s FA Cup final during his first season in charge at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea claimed a Premier League-record 30 victories under the stewardship of Conte, including 13 in a row from Oct. 1, to finish seven points ahead of second-placed Tottenham.
The Italian becomes only the third non-British winner of the prestigious award after Claudio Ranieri was honoured for guiding Leicester to the title last year and Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger claimed the accolade in 2002 and 2004.
Conte, also voted Premier League Manager of the Year, is the second Italian boss in two years to win the Premier League following the Foxes’ triumph.

The Championship award went to Chris Hughton for the second year running, after he led Brighton to England’s top flight.

The 58-year-old ensured the Seagulls responded to last season’s disappointment, when they lost in the play-offs to Sheffield Wednesday, by securing automatic promotion alongside his former club Newcastle.

Chris Wilder was also honoured for the second time is as many years, winning the trophy for League One Manager of the Year after he capped a superb first season in charge of Sheffield United with a top-of-the-table finish and an impressive 100 points.

Wilder was recognised for his achievements in the fourth tier at the end of last season when he guided Northampton to the title before announcing his departure from the Cobblers to join the Blades.

Paul Cook was voted the LMA League Two Manager of the Year after leading newly-promoted Portsmouth to title glory.

The LMA marked their 50th Manager of the Year award with the presentation of the Sir Alex Ferguson Trophy to “the manager who has made the greatest use of the resources available in the current campaign.”

Chelsea’s Pedro wins April  Goal of the month award

Chelsea forward Pedro Rodriguez has won April’s Premier League Goal of the Month award for his stunning 25-yard strike in Chelsea’s win at Everton.

Pedro’s goal was voted the best from a shortlist that also included Roberto Firmino’s superb effort for Liverpool at Stoke and a fine Dele Alli finish for Tottenham Hotspur at home to Watford.

The Spain international found the top corner with a fierce left-foot strike to put Antonio Conte’s men on course for a crucial victory in their charge towards the Premier League title.
He has contributed eight goals and eight assists in 32 Premier League appearances for Chelsea this season, and also won the November goal of the month award for a curling effort from outside the box in a 2-1 victory over Tottenham at Stamford Bridge.

Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino wins April Manager of the month award

​Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has won April’s Manager of the Month award – his first this season.

The Argentinian helped Spurs to six consecutive Premier League victories as his side chased down Chelsea for the title last month, scoring 16 goals and conceding just once.

That goal came in a 3-1 triumph at Swansea – one of three away victories that also included 1-0 wins at Burnley and Crystal Palace.

At home, Tottenham thrashed both Bournemouth and Watford 4-0 before a 2-0 victory in the last-ever north London derby against Arsenal at White Hart Lane, which will be demolished at the end of the season to make way for their new 61,000-seater stadium.
The run came to an end in their first game in May – a defeat to West Ham all but ending their title hopes – but Pochettino’s team remain on course to finish second – their highest-ever finish in the Premier League – with a record points tally.
Pochettino last won the Premier League Manager of the Month award in February 2016.
The Spurs boss beat Marco Silva of Hull City, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, Leicester City’s Craig Shakespeare and Antonio Conte of Chelsea to the manager’s award.

Tottenham’s Heung-min Son win April Player of the Month award

Tottenham winger Heung-Min Son has been named Player of the Month for April, his second monthly award of the season, after he won the accolade in September.

Son beat teammates Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen as well as Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke, Sergio Aguero of Man City and Manchester United’s Eric Bailly to the player’s award.
The South Korea international scored five goals during Spurs’ winning run, including two goals in the home win over the Hornets.
“I’m really thankful to my team-mates,” Son told Tottenham’s official website. “This is my second time [winning the award] but I’m not finished with my second – I want to get a third one.

“It’s not just for me, I think it’s for everyone and I’m really proud of the way we played in April. We won against Arsenal, I scored many goals, we fought in every game and we conceded just one goal in the league so it’s just an unbelievable thing and I have good memories of April.

“It’s very special and I’m really, really thankful to everyone who voted for me – the Tottenham fans, the Korean fans – it makes it a special moment for me. I want to just keep going really hard now.”