Top ten athletes on course to become billionaires including Tiger Woods' £575m mega fortune and Cristiano Ronaldo

CRISTIANO RONALDO is one of the most-marketable players in the world.

The Portugal captain, 36, earns a fortune in wages while raking in millions in endorsement deals each year.

Despite his monster income, Ronaldo looks set to miss out on becoming the first sports star to earn one billion dollars, according to research from Casumo.

In fact, golf legend Tiger Woods, 45, is set to beat him to the milestone.

The American star is believed to have once broken the $1bn (£720million) barrier.

But his career was derailed by a series of nasty injuries, most recently suffering a car crash in California after which Woods required surgery to fix a broken leg.

Despite that, Woods currently boasts a net worth of $800m (£575m) – nearly double that of Ronaldo and 36-year-old NBA star LeBron James.

The pair are worth an estimated $500m (£359m) apiece.

With an estimated annual income of $62.3m (£44.8m), Woods is on course to hit the $1bn mark in just over three years.

Meanwhile, despite raking in $105m (£75.5m) each year, it will take Ronaldo nearly five years to hit the milestone.


Tennis legend Roger Federer is expected to beat LeBron to the $1bn mark too, despite having a slightly lower net worth of $450m (£323m).

The Swiss star, 39, pockets $106.3m (£76.3m) annually on average.

That's more than LeBron who earns $88.2m (£63.4m) for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Federer is set to take just over five years to reach the $1bn milestone, with LeBron nearly six years off.

Footballers Lionel Messi and Neymar also make the top ten, along with basketball stars Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry, seven-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton and golfer Phil Mickelson.

But of the ENTIRE top ten, Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil forward Neymar is set to become the youngest sports star to hit the $1bn mark.

The ex-Santos winger is due to reach the milestone at the age of 37.

That would mean he'd accomplish the feat 11 years sooner than Woods did and aged three years younger than Ronaldo.

Only ex-Nou Camp team-mate Messi comes close, due to reach $1bn at the age of 38.

At the other end of the scale, Mickelson would be the oldest of the top ten to hit the landmark, at the age of 64.

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