Floyd Mayweather is world's highest paid athlete

Al Horford and Kyrie Irving

Al Horford and Kyrie Irving

Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli has become the world's highest-paid athletes, according to a Forbes' compilation topped by American boxing champion Floyd Mayweather.

Since the magazine expanded its list in 2010, at least one female star has always made the cut.

Even so, Forbes reported that Williams earned an estimated $18 million past year because of deals with the likes of Nike, JPMorgan Chase, Gatorade and others.

Virat Kohli was at 89th position previous year when Christiano Ronaldo was leading the list. Interestingly, no sportswoman has been featured in the World's Highest-Paid Athletes 2018.

Serena Williams, victor of 23 grand slam tennis singles titles, was the sole female representative past year but she has since largely been inactive owing to pregnancy and following the birth of her daughter Alexis in September. He is shown to have a salary/winning of $4m and endorsements worth $20m.

Williams ranked 51st on the 2017 list, earning an estimated $27 million between endorsement deals and prize money. NBA stars lead the way with 40 basketball players among the top 100.


Professional boxer Floyd Mayweather was paid the most, followed by soccer players Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

For the second year in a row, Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is baseball's highest paid player, earning $34.5 million.

Another football legend, Cristiano Ronaldo, Mixed martial arts superstar Conor McGregor and Brazilian football player Neymar are at the next three spots to complete the top-5 list.

The list included athletes from 22 countries in 11 sports.

In the battle of football stars Messi a few million ahead of Ronaldo, and Neymar nearly reached the 100 million milestone. The 100 men earned a cumulative $3.8 billion over the last 12 months.

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

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