Mayweather again tops Forbes list of highest-paid athletes

Mayweather again tops Forbes list of highest-paid athletes

Even so, Forbes reported that Williams earned an estimated $18 million a year ago because of deals with the likes of Nike, JPMorgan Chase, Gatorade and others.

The Irishman would have only needed to earn an additional $13 million from that bout to put him in second place ahead of soccer stars Lionel Messi (No. 2 with $111 million in earnings) and Cristiano Ronaldo (No. 3 with $108 million in earnings).

There are no women on the list this year, after the previous sole entrant, Serena Williams, dropped out of the chart.

The top ten were rounded out by mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor at $99 million, soccer player Neymar at $90 million, Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James at $85.5 million, tennis player Roger Federer at $77.2 million, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry at $76.9 million and National Football League quarterbacks Matt Ryan and Matthew Stafford at $67.3 million and $59.5 million, respectively.

The 29-year-old Kohli is also the lone Indian on the annual list of the world's 100 highest paid athletes, published by Forbes magazine on Wednesday.

NBA's top earner LeBron James banked Dollars 85.5 million, including endorsements, over the last 12 months to rank sixth among the highest-paid athletes.

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"But basketball players dominate the top 100 overall thanks to a soaring salary cap triggered by the NBA's $24bn TV contract". There are no hockey players on the list.

Swiss ace Federer remains the most attractive athlete for sponsors, with endorsement deals accounting for $85 million of his earnings.

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is the highest earning National Football League player, coming in at ninth with $67.3 million. The top 100 earned United States dollars 3.8 billion, a 23 per cent jump over past year.

No Australian made the list with French basketballer Nicholas Batum claiming the 100 place with earnings of US$22.9m.

The third driver included on the Forbes rich and happy 100 list is predictably Fernando Alonso, who enjoyed a $32M paycheck from McLaren and $1M in endorsements.

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