forbes-2018-list-highest-paid-athletes-640x372 Floyd Mayweather, Messi, Ronaldo Top Forbes’ 100 Highest-Paid Athletes List (See Top 10)
Forbes’ 100 Highest-Paid Athletes List

Floyd Mayweather reclaimed his place at the top ofForbes’ annual ranking of the 100 highest-paid athletes on Tuesday but no woman featured on the list for the first time.

Mayweather returns as the world’s highest-paid athlete for the fourth time in seven years, thanks to a $275 million payday for his August boxing match against UFC star Conor McGregor (No. 4).

Mayweather unseats Cristiano Ronaldo, who held the crown the previous two years. Ronaldo drops to third this year, with longtime rival Lionel Messi (No. 2) edging him out after signing a new contract. Mayweather, Ronaldo and Tiger Woods (No. 16) are the only three athletes to top the best-paid list over the past 18 years.

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McGregor meanwhile vaulted up the rankings to fourth spot, thanks to his $85 million cut of the Mayweather purse.

A further $14 million in endorsements took the Irish fighter’s earnings to $99 million, just behind Real Madrid soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, who was third with earnings of $108 million.

Brazilian footballer Neymar was fifth on the list with $90 million in earnings, his salary boosted by his record-breaking transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain last year.

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NBA icon LeBron James was the highest-paid basketball player to feature on the list, coming in at sixth with total earnings of $85.5 million, just ahead of men’s tennis king Roger Federer, who earned $77.2 million.

“Boxing’s biggest night of 2017 helped Mayweather and McGregor earn nearly $400 million combined,” said Kurt Badenhausen, senior editor, Forbes Media. “But basketball players dominate the top 100 overall thanks to a soaring salary cap triggered by the NBA’s $24 billion TV contract.”

Here is a rundown of the top 10:

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1. Floyd Mayweather Jr. (boxing): $285 million

2. Lionel Messi (soccer): $111 million

3. Cristiano Ronaldo (soccer): $108 million

4. Conor McGregor (boxing/MMA): $99 million

5. Neymar (soccer): $90 million

6. LeBron James (basketball): $85.5 million

7. Roger Federer (tennis): $77.2 million

8. Stephen Curry (basketball): $76.9 million

9. Matt Ryan (football): $67.3 million

10. Matthew Stafford (football): $59.5 million

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