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

09 June, 2018, 02:43 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
  • Agence France-Presse

The main reason - Conor is ranked better than basketball superstar in the Forbes list of world's highest-paid athletes for 2018. It makes for eye-watering reading.

Forbes magazine has revealed their list of the top 100 richest athletes and surprisingly there is not a single female on the list.

Forbes has once again ranked the world's athletes by their total earnings in the past year.

Whether it be the release of his documentary, his new clothing line, or his Brooklyn Bus Shenanigans, while McGregor may have been absent from the fight game, he has always remained the center of the attention.

Mayweather unseated Real Madrid footballer Cristiano Roanldo, who drops to third place with $108m behind Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi, who earned $111m in 2017.

You can view the list here.

Ronaldo has a place in the list's top three for a sixth successive year, while Neymar has moved 13 places to fifth after his €222 million move with PSG in 2017.

The ranking is topped this year by boxer Floyd Mayweather, above. It is safe to assume that Woods will soar up the list in 12 months time thanks to the form he has demonstrated during his unlikely and heartwarming comeback.

And if he can finally land that elusive 15th major, the 42-year-old American could easily find himself back at the top of the pile.

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Phil Mickelson is in 22nd place and the number 2 highest earning golfer with $41.3m in earnings, again split $4.3m/$37m from on and off course activity.

Jordan Spieth sat right behind him in 23rd ($41.2 million), with Rory McIlroy lying at 27th ($37.7 million).

The final golfer in the top 100 is Justin Thomas, with $26m.

The highest-earning golfers. who have yet to win on tour!

McGregor won the featherweight belt in December 2015 with a 13-second knockout of Jose Aldo, then added the lightweight strap in November 2016 with a second-round TKO of Eddie Alvarez.

"Serena is still killing it off the court, "he said about the younger Williams earning potential". Williams just missed out with earnings of $18m, while Sharapova still managed to earn $16m, nearly all of it from sponsors who remained to loyal to her.

The 100 highest-paid athletes earned a collective $3.8 billion during the past 12 months, up 23% from previous year.

Mixed-martial arts and UFC star McGregor is fourth on the list and is joined in the top 10 by Brazil footballer Neymar, basketball players LeBron James and Steph Curry, tennis ace Roger Federer and National Football League quarterbacks Matt Ryan and Matthew Stafford.

The list included athletes from 22 countries in 11 sports. It is on account of the staggering $24 billion TV deal the National Basketball Association managed to negotiate.

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