Mayweather tops Forbes’ 100 highest-paid athletes list

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

United States boxer Floyd Mayweather has regained his title in the Forbes rankings of the world's top 100 earning athletes.

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

Forbes said tennis' female sportspersons Li Na, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams were list regulars but Li retired in 2014 and Sharapova is still dealing with the aftermath of a 15-month suspension for using a banned substance. Since the list was expanded to at least 50 people in 2010, there had been one woman on the list every single year.

His estimated earnings, including endorsements, for 2017 were $285 million.

NBA icon LeBron James was the highest-paid basketball player to feature on the list, coming in at sixth with total earnings of $85.5 million, just ahead of men's tennis king Roger Federer, who earned $77.2 million.

Serena was the only woman to feature in the top 100 last year, but her prize money dropped from Dollars 8 million to USD 62,000 this year after she gave birth to her daughter, Alexis, in September.

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Floyd Mayweather, Cristiano Ronaldo and Tiger Woods - at number 16 this year - are the only three athletes to top the best-paid list over the past 18 years.

NBA's top earner LeBron James banked United States dollars 85.5 million, including endorsements, over the last 12 months to rank sixth among the highest-paid athletes.

Lionel Messi was No. 2 at $111 million, followed by Ronaldo at $108 million, McGregor at $99 million and Neymar at $90 million.

See the full list here.

For the second year in a row, Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is baseball's highest paid player, earning $34.5 million.

There are 66 Americans and 40 basketball players on the list.

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