Published: Wed, June 06, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

New Number One As Forbes Publish Highest-Paid Athletes List 2018

New Number One As Forbes Publish Highest-Paid Athletes List 2018

American business magazine Forbes released its annual report of the highest paid athletes in sport and not a single woman made the list, a first since 2010. That stems largely from his bout in August with the UFC's Conor McGregor.

Kohli is the only cricketer to feature in the top 100.

As per the list, the top-100 athletes hail from a total of 22 countries and compete across 11 sporting disciplines.

"But basketball players dominate the top 100 overall thanks to a soaring salary cap triggered by the NBA's $24bn TV contract".

Between them, the top 100 earned a collective $3.8bn during the past 12 months, which represents an increase of 23% from 2017. The increase is due to the huge paydays for Mayweather and McGregor and growing salaries in the National Basketball Association.

Ranked at No 83, Kohli is the only Indian on the list, which is topped by professional boxer Floyd Mayweather.

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Take a look through the gallery to reveal the top top-earning sports stars in the world according to the latest Forbes rich list. However, Kohli's earnings are less than one-fourth of Mayweather, who earned $285 million in the same period. Tennis legend Roger Federer is 7th on the list while his fiercest rival Rafael Nadal completes the top-20 list by occupying the 20th spot.

Lewis Hamilton came in at number 12 with earnings of US$51m, making him the highest ranking racing driver on the list.

Forbes earnings figures include all salaries, bonuses and prize money earned between June 1, 2017 and June 1, 2018.

The top 100 has an global flavour with athletes from 22 countries, but Americans dominate the action with 66 making the cut thanks to sky-high salaries in baseball, basketball and football.

According to the 2017 top earning list of Australian athletes, former world number one golfer Jason Day would be the closest to cracking the list, having earned AU$18.9m previous year.

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