Mayweather Becomes Highest-Paid Athlete With $275m A Night

Grant SmithJun 11, 2018

For the first time since 2010, when the list expanded to include at least 50 people, not a single female athlete made the top 100. "It is harder than ever to qualify for the 100 highest-paid athletes, with the cutoff up $1.5 million to $22.9 million".

Barcelona's star man Lionel Messi was second on Forbes rich list, walking away with $111 million (R 1 417 978 380, 00) from his football exploits and commercial dealings. Williams and Maria Sharapova were the only women on the list in 2016 and 2015.

Tennis sensation Serena Williams is typically among the top earners in sports. Well Mayweather, Ronaldo and Tiger Woods are the only three athletes to top the best-paid list over the past 18 years. The group draws from 68 different countries, then narrows it down to the 100 most famous athletes in the world. "You all are true champions".

Real Madrid's Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been at the top of list for the last two years, tumbled to third place with a profit of $ 108 million.

Current world No.1 Justin Thomas rounds out the golf contingent on the list in 66th place.

The 41-year-old also earned $10 million (R127 771 400, 00) from endorsement deals with companies like Hublot and Tequila Avion. Neymar $90 M 6.

Conor McGregor has overtaken LeBron James on the list of highest-paid athletes. Just behind him is Jordan Spieth with earnings of $41.2m, a staggering $11.2m of which came in prize money earned on the course.

British racing driver Lewis Hamilton is 12th in the list, with boxer Anthony Joshua 25th - and sure to rise if he can continue knocking out opponents.

Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw led Major League Baseball, pulling in $34.5 million in the 12-month period.

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