Tiger Woods, who has not won a tournament for 5 years and who has barely played over the previous 3 seasons, remains the highest earning golfer with $43.3 million, with $42 million of it coming through endorsements.
The lowest paid athlete on the list was basketball star Nicolas Batum with $22.9 million earned in the time frame.
Forbes have released their annual list of the world's highest-paid athletes and for the first time since its inception no female sports stars have made the cut. Mayweather's highly publicized fight with former UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor brought in huge earnings and made him the highest-paid athlete for the fourth time in the past seven years.
Brazilian footballer Neymar was 5th on the list with $90 million in earnings, his salary boosted by his record-breaking transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain past year. Lionel Messi got United States dollars 111m and the second place thanks to the new contract with Barcelona, and Ronaldo took the third with USD 108m.
This is the place where Floyd Mayweather Jr. proves he's the champ at making money. For the third straight year, cricket (Virat Kohli, $24 million), mixed-martial arts (McGregor, $99 million) and track (Usain Bolt, $31 million) had one athlete make the grade.
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The 41-year-old also earned $10 million (R127 771 400, 00) from endorsement deals with companies like Hublot and Tequila Avion. The latest list features athletes from 11 different sports, with basketball leading the way with 40 contenders.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo both earn around the £80million per year mark, though one star does rank higher than the other.
The list includes athletes active at any point during the last 12 months.
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. The top 100 earned $3.8 billion, a 23% jump over past year. Roger Federer ($77.2m) 8.
Williams ranked 51st on the 2017 list, earning an estimated $27 million between endorsement deals and prize money.
The top 100 has an global flavour with athletes from 22 countries, but Americans dominate the list with 66 making the cut thanks to sky-high salaries in baseball, basketball and football.