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No female athletes among highest 100 earners on Forbes list in 2018

Virat Kohli the only sportsperson from India to be featured in the Forbes list is ranked 83rd Virat Kohli the only sportsperson from India to be featured in the Forbes list is ranked 83rd
Melody Ballard | 07 June, 2018, 07:20

On last year's list, she ranked No. 51 with $27 million in earnings.

Mayweather who earned United States dollars 275 million for his August fight with Conor McGregor is the highest paid athlete in the world for the fourth time in the last seven years.

Basketball players dominate the list (40%) followed by American football and football (soccer) players who make up almost 30% of the top earners.

This year the Indian national cricket board "The Board of Control for Cricket in India" named Kohli as one of just five players to receive the newly-created A+ contracts, which guarantee an annual retainer of more than Dollars 1 million, it said. In 2017, only Serena Williams had made the same Forbes list. Tennis player Serena Williams was the sole female representative previous year, coming in at 51st.

"But basketball players dominate the top 100 overall thanks to a soaring salary cap triggered by the NBA's $24bn TV contract".

Three mega stars of Formula 1 have unsurprisingly made it to Forbes 2018 Top 100 highest-paid athletes list, and the names are equally predictable. The 29-year-old batting sensation earned $24 million over the last 12 months; $4 million through salary and winnings, and $20 million through brand endorsements.

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Argentine professional footballer Lionel Messi grabbed second place, pushing Cristiano Ronaldo into third.

Messi's annual salary and bonus exceeded $80 million, making him the highest-paid player on the pitch this year.

Swiss ace Federer remains the most attractive athlete for sponsors, with endorsement deals accounting for $85 million of his earnings.

Brazil and Paris St Germain star Neymar joins Messi and Ronaldo in the top five. He jumps 13 spots to fifth with an income of Dollars 90 million, including USD 19 million from endorsement partners. However, that was about $5 million less than National Basketball Association player Nicolas Batum, who landed the 100th spot on the list.

Between them, the top 100 earned a collective $3.8bn during the past 12 months, which represents an increase of 23% from 2017.

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