Mayweather is the world's Highest-paid athlete (ahead of Messi and Ronaldo)

Mayweather is the world's Highest-paid athlete (ahead of Messi and Ronaldo)

Mayweather is the world's Highest-paid athlete (ahead of Messi and Ronaldo)

The No.1 athlete on the list, retired boxer Floyd Mayweather, crushed the competition by making $285 million - more than the No. 2 and No. 3 athletes on the list combined.

In an article titles, "Why no Why No Women Rank Among The World's 100 Highest-Paid Athletes", Forbes writes: "Multiple factors caused the absence of women this year".

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

The second meeting that was supposed to take place with the rivals was further cancelled, with McGregor writing, "Something came up", which was a reference to his aggressive appearance he showed at the media event for UFC 223 back in April 5th at Brooklyn. "You all are true champions". Footballers Lionel Messi of Barcelona and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo came second and third respectively.

Justin Thomas was the only other golfer to crack the top 100, listed at 66th with $26 million.

The 41-year-old also earned $10 million (R127 771 400, 00) from endorsement deals with companies like Hublot and Tequila Avion.

Everyone on Forbes' list was paid at least $22.9 million over a 12-month span. Unsurprisingly, the list is dominated by stars from the National Basketball Association and American football, with the man in 100th place being Charlotte Hornets wing player Nicholas Batum on only $22.9m. There are five golfers in the list, 18 American footballers, 14 baseball players, nine footballers, four boxers, four tennis players, three racing drivers, and one each from cricket (Virat Kohli), mixed-martial arts (McGregor) and athletics (Usain Bolt).

"Athletes in team sports make up 82% of the list", Forbes said.

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