Zlatan Ibrahimovic #30, Wayne Rooney #70 on Forbes Athletes Earnings List

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The 100 long Forbes top earning athletes list was released today and it contains a few individuals with Manchester United connections. Last year, for the first time in 16 years, someone other than Tiger Woods or Floyd Mayweather topped the list and that was former Red Devil Cristiano Ronaldo.

CR7 retains the top spot this year. Lionel Messi was #2 last year, but falls one spot to #3 this year. Cleveland Cavaliers superstar Lebron James is #2.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is #30, slightly down from the #23 position last year. The larger than life Swedish striker is currently rehabilitating his knee, and isn’t expected to play again until 2018. His future with United remains uncertain, as the one year deal he signed last summer will soon expire.

Both he and his agent have expressed a desire to return to United.

Wayne Rooney, captain for both United and England, owns spot #70 falling down from #31 last year. Rooney signed the richest contract in english football history when he re-upped with Old Trafford in February of 2014. His current deal runs until 2019 but there are many who believe that his days at the Theatre of Dreams are over.

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Also, MUFC superfan and world class sprinter Usain Bolt came in 23rd, down the #32 slot last year. It’s not surprising that so many players with Man United connections made the Forbes list as the club was also named the most valuable football brand in the world this week. 

They have the richest clothing deal in sports franchise history, and approximately 670,000,000 fans, according to the latest surveys.

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After Ronaldo, Lebron and Messi, the rest of the Forbes top ten is comprised of: Roger Federer, Kevin Durant, Andrew Luck, Rory McIlroy, Stephen Curry, James Harden and Lewis Hamilton.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net and TheBank.News, partnered with FOX Sports Engage Network. Banks, a former writer for the Washington TimesNBC Chicago.com and Chicago Tribune.com, currently contributes to WGN CLTV and KOZN

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  1. I want Manchester united to sack van gaal because is no helping matter at the club he well just sit down will matches is going on and let united player that went for injury be back on time

  2. Honestly LVG is an insult to manu I hate watching this foolish writer writting even when we are provoke

  3. i don’t like man utd manager i hope he will be sacked ,by the end of this season

  4. Anonymous says:

    Injury; D only thing affecting MAN U

  5. Man utd manager must be sacked i don’t want him at the club

  6. I DONT WANT VAN GAAL CALL JOSE U AR WAST A TIME

  7. Adeshina ayinde says:

    honestly vangal has tune my team to just ordnary team sack him now

  8. Van Gaal is never man utd problem of lossing match bt lack of player which injury has Van Gaal is never man utd problem of lossing match bt lack of player which injury has cos

  9. van gaal should be sacked,obviously man u is loosing their value-frank

  10. Van Gaal is never man utd problem of lossing match bt lack of player which injury has cos

  11. VAN GAAL IS A GOOD MANAGER, WAIT AND SEE MAN U BE ON TOP 4.

  12. Van Gaal is good at destroying world class players,no wonder no one wants to come to mufc.Look at the likes of falcao,RVP,depay.mourinho is good with such players.He also has a terrible style of play causing many injuries. WE NEED MOURINHO

  13. up man united please sacke lvg noun we dont net him

  14. ihwa chris says:

    pls,and pls sack van gal now b4 is too late

  15. Anonymous says:

    Free flowing game is good but not for team like man u,i have seen the two managers after Sir Alex are trying to play the same system but all the faild Jose’s system looks like that one of Furgy and shouts man u better to wave for LVG at the end of the seasion.

  16. Mwai onjiko says:

    Let Giggs take over as soon as possible

  17. KENNEDY ALLI says:

    MOURINHO and GIGGS next combination for man u

  18. kingclev, says:

    Ryan Giggs can bring united out of mess, let’s give him a chance just like Luis Enrique (Barca fc) and Zinedine Zidane ( Real Madrid.), i wish Van gal all the best He really tried but his policy and action on players kill his worth,….. Sack him and let Giggs take Over. Mourinho is no where fit as Man utd manager he lack respect on players… Fulk:.

  19. RiDWÅN says:

    L£T WAIT 4 TH£ £ND OF THIS S
    £ASON

  20. wickham says:

    L£T WAIT 4 TH£ £ND OF THIS S
    £ASON

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