No females in the 2018 Forbes' top 100 highest-paid athletes list

Floyd Mayweather is the highest paid athlete in the world according to Forbes

Floyd Mayweather is the highest paid athlete in the world according to Forbes

Ex-world Boxing champion Floyd Mayweather topped the ranking of the highest paid athletes in the world according to the magazine "Forbes". 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.

Mayweather, Ronaldo and Tiger Woods are the only three athletes to have topped the list over the past 18 years, Forbes said.

The superstar trio, however, all trail boxer Floyd Mayweather, who has lived up to his "Money" nickname by earning $285 million (£212m) over the course of the a year ago.

As The Field had noted previous year, there is a huge financial disparity between male and female athletes.

"Because Floyd Mayweather was the promoter of the fight, he doesn't just get his cut as a fighter".

Serena Williams was the only woman to appear on the list a year ago, coming in 51st place with reported earnings of $27 million (£20.1 million).

Forbes's sporting rich list is created after calculating an athlete's earnings from prize money, salaries and bonuses in the year to 1 June 2018.

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

Messi's annual salary and bonus exceeded United States dollars 80 million, making him the highest-paid player on the pitch this year. For the first time, a woman does not make the top 100.

Forbes said it was harder than ever to qualify for the 100 highest-paid athletes, with the cutoff up $1.5 million to $22.9 million.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo both earn around the £80million per year mark, though one star does rank higher than the other.

In total, $3.8 billion was paid out to 100 male athletes, with 23 percent of payments coming from endorsements and appearances alone.

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

You can see the full list here.

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