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Three F1 drivers on Forbes' top-earning athletes list

Three F1 drivers on Forbes' top-earning athletes list

Surprisingly, the "World's Highest-Paid Athletes 2018" compilation is an all-male affair with no women being featured in the list.

For the first time since 2009, not a single female athlete made it into the top 100 - with Serena Williams missing out after giving birth to her daughter Alexis in September - and therefore hardly playing tennis. Mayweather easily won that bout, but McGregor has the solace of ranking number four on the Forbes list, with estimated earnings of $99 million.

Three mega stars of Formula 1 have unsurprisingly made it to Forbes 2018 Top 100 highest-paid athletes list, and the names are equally predictable.

Roger Federer is the top earner by endorsements with $65 million, followed by LeBron James who makes around $52 million.

Cristiano Ronaldo - top for the past two years - drops to third, with Lionel Messi edging him out of second place after signing a new contract. Tennis player Serena Williams was the sole female representative previous year, coming in at 51st. "The soaring National Basketball Association salaries are a result of an increased salary cap, driven by the league's $24 billion TV deal, which tipped off with the 2016-17 season". He ranks second overall with Dollars 111 million, including USD 27 million through endorsement deals with Adidas, Gatorade, Pepsi and Huawei.

Ronaldo's $108 million haul over the past 12 months trails only Mayweather Jr. and Messi.

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Brazilian footballer Neymar rounded out the top five.

American golfer Phil Mickelson (47) was the oldest athlete in the top 100 with earnings of $41.3m while Greek basketballer Giannis Antetokounmpo (23) was the youngest with earnings of $35.5m.

There were also no Australians represented in the top 100. The top 100 earned $3.8 billion, a 23% jump over past year.

Roger Federer claimed seventh place and was the highest-ranking tennis player with US$77.2m.

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


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