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Lionel Messi second on Forbes 100 highest-paid athletes

Lionel Messi second on Forbes 100 highest-paid athletes Lionel Messi second on Forbes 100 highest-paid athletes
Sidney Guerrero | 09 June, 2018, 02:39

Appropriately nicknamed "Money", Mayweather made $285m a year ago - more than two-and-a-half times the earnings of the second athlete on the list, footballer Lionel Messi.

By general consensus, Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy had one of the most disappointing years of his career, finishing 2017 without a single victory.

Cristiano Ronaldo is third, with the man Mayweather beat in a mega-bucks fight in Las Vegas last August, Conor McGregor, in fourth spot. He's followed closely by three-time major victor Jordan Spieth in 23rd ($41.2 million) and Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy in 26th, the only non-American golfer on the list. The four-time major victor has banked $37.5m over the past year, including $3.7m in on-course earnings and $34m in endorsements.

For the first time in the history of the ranking, the top 100 features no female athletes.

Tennis sensation Serena Williams is typically among the top earners in sports. Williams just missed out with earnings of $18m, while Sharapova still managed to earn $16m, nearly all of it from sponsors who remained to loyal to her.

Muguruza crushes Sharapova to storm into semis
Rafael Nadal is trailing by a set and is down a break at 3-2 in the second against Diego Schwartzman at Court Philippe Chatrier. Sharapova missed 15 months during that span after being suspended by the WTA when she tested positive for Meldonium in 2016.

Phil Mickelson, who is going for the career grand slam at next week's US Open, was next on the list in 22nd ($41.3 million) for the golfers and he was also the oldest athlete at the age of 47 to make the top 100.

The list included athletes from 22 countries in 11 sports.

In the top 100 list, the National Football League had 18 athletes, 14 were baseball players and nine were footballers. That list was topped by Mumbai Indians IPL team owner Mukesh Ambani, whose $40.1bn (£29.9bn) fortune put him $2bn ahead of former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who owns the Los Angeles Clippers.

British racing driver Lewis Hamilton is 12th in the list, with boxer Anthony Joshua 25th - and sure to rise if he can continue knocking out opponents.

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