Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Forbes highest-paid athletes of 2018 list includes five golfers

Forbes highest-paid athletes of 2018 list includes five golfers

Forbes has just released its annual list of the top 100 highest paid athletes in the world, and for the first time, it doesn't include any women.

Let's take a look at just how good this a year ago was to the world's five highest-paid golfers, as well as how they compare to the rest of the sporting world.

Boxer Floyd Mayweather tops the list, with total earnings of $285 million (thanks to $275 million in winnings for defeating Conor McGregor last August).

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. Two weeks from now you can do an interview with me because I can contradict myself, I'm only human.

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Mayweather continues to scorch the rankings; coming in at 14th in ESPN's third annual World Fame 100 - a ranking that takes into account Forbes' annual list as well as several other metrics. Just behind him is Jordan Spieth with earnings of $41.2m, a staggering $11.2m of which came in prize money earned on the course.

Not a single sportswoman made the top 100.

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.

According to Forbes, the lack of women on the list has a lot to do with the growing popularity of team sports and related licensing deals as opposed to individual sports, such as golf and tennis, where women having typically earned more endorsements. "She's more popular than ever with corporate sponsors". The group draws from 68 different countries, then narrows it down to the 100 most famous athletes in the world. It is on account of the staggering $24 billion TV deal the National Basketball Association managed to negotiate.

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