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Floyd Mayweather named world’s highest-paid athlete on list with no women

Lionel Messi Floyd Mayweather and Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Floyd Mayweather and Cristiano Ronaldo are the three highest paid sportsmen in the world Credit getty images
Ivan Hill | 07 June, 2018, 07:19

Among the world's top boxers, soccer, basketball and football players, Lewis Hamilton clocks in #12 on the list with estimated earnings of $51M split up between a $42M retainer from Mercedes and $9M worth of personal endorsements.

Surprisingly, the "World's Highest-Paid Athletes 2018" compilation is an all-male affair with no women being featured in the list.

Salaries and prize money are up significantly, but endorsement earnings fell for the second straight year to $ 877 million as companies watch their sports marketing budgets.

Tennis champion Serena Williams, the only woman to have made last year's list, didn't make the income cut on the 2018 roundup, likely because she was unable to compete for most of 2017 due to her pregnancy.

Mayweather only boxed professionally once in 2017, defeating UFC star Conor McGregor via a 10 round technical knockout in an August clash.

Forbes magazine reported Tuesday that the boxer is again the world's highest-paid athlete for the fourth time in seven years.

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

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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo both earn around the £80million per year mark, though one star does rank higher than the other.

Forbes noted that joining Williams on the list in some previous years were tennis players Li Na and Maria Sharapova.

Swiss ace Federer remains the most attractive athlete for sponsors, with endorsement deals accounting for $65 million of his earnings.

At 47, golfer Phil Mickelson is the oldest athlete on the list, while 23-year-old Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo is the youngest and he rounds up the top 30.

Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry was the only other National Basketball Association player to feature in the top 10, with earnings of $101 million.

Though the list of leading athletes consists of players from 11 different sports, basketball takes over the list with a top score 40 NBA players among the top 100, up from 32 in 2017.

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