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10 June 2018, 09:48 | Charlene Valdez
Lionel Messi Floyd Mayweather and Cristiano Ronaldo are the three highest paid sportsmen in the world
Retired champion boxer Floyd Mayweather has reclaimed title as the world highest paid athlete on a top-100 list that features no Australians and not a single woman. But there has always been at least one female athlete, and as many as three, who qualified since the list was expanded to at least 50 names in 2010.
Each year up until 2021, his salary increases by a million each year and given his market value, it shouldn't be a surprise that his earnings through endorsements also see an increase. Kohli is the only sportsperson from India to be featured in the list.
So, who did make the list?
"Because Floyd Mayweather was the promoter of the fight, he doesn't just get his cut as a fighter". Unfortunately, Serena Williams - the only woman on Forbes 100 Highest Paid Athlete last year - dropped off it this year. He jumps 13 spots to fifth with an income of Dollars 90 million, including USD 19 million from endorsement partners.
Swiss ace Federer remains the most attractive athlete for sponsors, with endorsement deals accounting for $85 million of his earnings.
Mayweather topped the list of top athletes for the fourth time in seven years, reaching $ 285 million in revenue last year thanks to his win in a boxing match with Irish Conor McGregor.
In the battle of football stars Messi a few million ahead of Ronaldo, and Neymar nearly reached the 100 million milestone.
Basketball players dominate the list (40%) followed by American football and football (soccer) players who make up almost 30% of the top earners. American Football was the next most-represented sport with 18 players, followed by baseball with 14 and football with nine.