Forbes’ 100 Highest-Paid Athletes List

Floyd Mayweather, Messi, Ronaldo Top Forbes’ 100 Highest-Paid Athletes List (See Top 10)

Forbes’ 100 Highest-Paid Athletes List
’ 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 , who held the crown the previous two years. drops to third this year, with longtime rival Lionel (No. 2) edging him out after signing a new contract. Mayweather, 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 , 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.

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, 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  (soccer): $111 million

3. Cristiano (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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