Published: Wed, June 06, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Not a single woman included in world's top 100 highest paid sportspeople

Not a single woman included in world's top 100 highest paid sportspeople

The 41-year-old American's earnings from last year's fight with Irishman Conor McGregor made him the world's best paid for the fourth time in seven years, with A$374 million.

USA boxer Floyd Mayweather topped the Forbes rankings of the world's top 100 earning athletes after earning US$275m ($361m) for his match in August against UFC star Conor McGregor, who claimed fourth position on the rankings (Lionel Hahn/PA Wire).

Mayweather retired from boxing after beating MMA star Conor McGregor in a much-hyped bout last August, and earned $285 million for his efforts.

Forbes used salary and bonus data between June 1, 2017 and June 1, 2018 to create the list.

Mayweather - one of whose nicknames is Money - saw his sports earnings added to by $10m from endorsements.

Football icon Cristiano Ronaldo ($108 million) who was the world's highest paid athlete the past two years, has dropped two positions to Number 3.

He added: "Forbes' lists of top-earning athletes have always been testosterone heavy".

In the top 100 list the National Football League had 18 athletes, 14 were baseball players and nine were footballers.

Virat Kohli is yet again the sole cricketer on the list taking in $24 million largely due to his lucrative endorsement deals.

This year 40 National Basketball Association players made the cut in Forbes' annual look at the world's 100 highest-paid athletes, breaking the record of 32 set last year by hoopsters.

For the second year in a row, Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is baseball's highest paid player, earning $34.5 million.

Brazilian soccer player Neymar is the third soccer star in the top five. Completing the top 10 were basketball's LeBron James (85.5), tennis's Roger Federer (77.2), basketball's Stephen Curry (76.9) and quarterbacks Matt Ryan (67.3) and Matthew Stafford (59.5).

The top 100 athletes earned a total of US$3.8bn, up 23% from previous year, Forbes said.

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