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No women made the 2018 Forbes 100 highest-paid athletes list

09 June, 2018, 07:51 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
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Forbes said the list, released as industries around the world are under intense pressure over equal pay, had "long been testosterone-heavy", but it was the first year since 2010 that no women featured on it.

For the first time ever female athletes are in the mix year, with Serena Williams dropping out all together after being ranked 51st last time out.

There are no females at all in the 2018 list of Forbes' top 100 highest-paid athletes. Kohli was ranked at 89 in the 2017 list which was topped by Ronaldo.

With an additional $13 million in endorsements, Mayweather earned a total of $375 million between June 1, 2017 and June 1, 2018, comfortably eclipsing the second-placed figure on the list, football star Lionel Messi, who made $146 million.

Mayweather - one of whose nicknames is Money - saw his sports earnings added to by $10m from endorsements. 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.

Lionel Messi was named the second highest earner with pay of $111m (£83.1m) past year, with his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo earning slightly less in 2018 with $108m (£80.9m).

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Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo was the highest paid athlete the two previous years.

The list included athletes from 22 countries in 11 sports.

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

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

Ronaldo's $108 million haul over the past 12 months trails only Mayweather Jr. and Messi. He jumps 13 spots to fifth with an income of $90 million, including $19 million from endorsement partners.

Roger Federer claimed seventh place and was the highest-ranking tennis player with US$77.2m. The top 100 earned Dollars 3.8 billion, a 23 per cent jump over a year ago.

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