Kohli named in Forbes' list of highest-paid athletes

Hope Soto
June 6, 2018

The boxer came out on top in the Forbes rankings of the world's top 100 earning athletes after earning US$275m ($361m) for his match in August against UFC star Conor McGregor, who claimed fourth position on the rankings.

Floyd Mayweather is the champ at making money.

Real Madrid forward Ronaldo $108m fell to third, behind his rival Lionel Messi $111m.

He earned a $275m (£205m) payday for his boxing match in August against UFC star Conor McGregor, who is number four on the United States business magazine's list.

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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Recently retired boxer Floyd Mayweather claimed the top spot by a huge margin, raking in $285 million between June 1, 2017 and June 1, 2018.

Take a look through the gallery to reveal the top top-earning sports stars in the world according to the latest Forbes rich list.

Though still substantial, her $18m off-court earnings from sponsors were insufficient for her to make the top 100.

NBA stars lead with a record-topping 40 basketball players among the top 100. "But basketball players dominate the top 100 overall thanks to a soaring salary cap triggered by the NBA's $24 billion TV contract". Completing the top 10 were basketball's LeBron James (85.5), tennis's Roger Federer (77.2), basketball's Stephen Curry (76.9) and quarterbacks Matt Ryan (67.3) and Matthew Stafford (59.5). Endorsement incomes are an estimate of sponsorship deals, appearance fees and licensing income for the 12 months through June 1 based on conversations with dozens of industry insiders.

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.

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