Woods, Ronaldo and Federer in race to become first $1bn sportsman

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Sporting legends Tiger Woods, Cristiano Ronaldo and Roger Federer have made extortionate amounts of money through their careers, but are all competing to be the first $1billion sportsman.

The three athletes, who have all had endorsement deals with Nike at one point in their careers, are each on the path to earning a billion dollars through their work.

Woods, who has already earned a staggering $800million through his success-laden career.

Having won a whopping 15 Major Championship tournaments, he's also clocked an incredible 82 PGA Tour wins.

And according to a survey from Casumo, he is on track to break the billion barrier by the time he turns 48 – which will be in three years and three months.

Woods' time on the golf course could be over – for now – after his horrendous car crash last month, but he's still got a fair amount of endorsement deals to bring him in some money.

Juventus forward Ronaldo is hot on his heels at the moment, due to the fact he earns a reported $105m every year.

The striker has already amassed a reported net worth of $500,000,000, and is on track to pass the $1bn mark by the time he turns 40.

Ronaldo's current contract at Juventus runs until 2022, and there are currently no talks over an extension.

The 34-year-old has been linked with an emotional return to Real Madrid, and any future contract could alter the age he breaks the $1bn mark.

Tennis icon Federer is next on the highest-earner list, having earned a cool $450m already in his career.

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  • The Swiss legend is towards the end of his playing days, however, and it is currently estimated that it'll take him another five years to break past the $1bn barrier.

    He's currently out with injury, and it has been suggested he could retire before too long.

    The rest of the list is dominated by football, golf and basketball, though Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton is well on his way to a ten-figure net worth.

    Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James is set to break past $1bn by the time he turns 41 in just under six years' time.

    Lionel Messi and Neymar are both some way off, while NBA stars Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant are both at least ten years away.

    Hamilton is 13 years away from $1bn, while Phil Mickleson will be 64 when he finally hits the mark in 14 years' time.

    • Tiger Woods
    • Cristiano Ronaldo
    • LeBron James
    • Lewis Hamilton
    • Lionel Messi
    • Neymar
    • Roger Federer

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