Damian Lillard ranks 15 on Forbes' list of world's highest-paid athletes

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has refused to rule out a shock exit from the club this summer.

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is the highest-paid sportsperson for the second successive year, Forbes' annual list of the world's wealthiest athletes shows.

The only piece of pseudo-Canadian content comes via Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan, who came in at No. 32 buoyed by the five-year, $139-million deal he signed with the club last off-season.

McIlroy's fellow golfer Tiger Woods - who topped the list in 2013 - remains in the top 20 just ahead of Neymar despite only earning $104,000 in salary over the 12 months, his $37m in endorsements seeing him finish 17th. In addition to this, he has the Confederation cup to still play which makes it much more likely that he will be winning this awards since he has another extra platform to display his greatness.

The rankings combine athletes' salary and endorsements.

There's no Canadian representation to speak of on the list, not even when it comes to the nation's favourite sport - no hockey player made the cut.

Real Madrid and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo has retained the number one spot on the Forbes highest-paid athletes list. The minimum needed to qualify for the top 100 rose $600,000 to $12.4 million, the estimated total income for Dale Earnhardt Jr. who rounded out this year's list.

There are 21 countries represented on the list, with Americans (63) the most prevalent thanks to sky-high salaries in basketball, American football and baseball.

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