Floyd Mayweather and Lionel Messi top list of highest-paid athletes

Floyd Mayweather and Lionel Messi top list of highest-paid athletes

- Floyd Mayweather was the world's highest paid athlete in 2017/18

- Lionel Messis came second

- However, women missed out in the top 100 Forbes list

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Boxer Floyd Mayweather and Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi are the world's highest-paid athletes.

This is according to the annual Forbes magazine's top 100 list covering the period June 2017 and June 2018. The magazine released the list on 5 June.

However, no woman featured in the entire list for the first time since the annual ranking started, Briefly.co.za learned.

41-year-old Floyd raked in a staggering $275million from his mega-fight with martial arts star Conor McGregor in August 2017.

He netted a further $10million in endorsement deals to bring his total earnings to a whopping $285million.

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Second-placed soccer star Messi netted a massive $111million from his earnings at Barcelona as well as endorsements.

Tennis superstar Serena Williams, who was the only woman in last year's list, didn't feature this year after taking a break from the sport to give birth to her daughter Alexis Jr.

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Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo earned a total of $108million to emerge third. Conor McGregor cashed in from his fight with Mayweather plus endorsements to emerge fourth with $99million.

Brazilian and Paris St Germain soccer star Neymar completed the top five with earnings of $90million.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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