Mayweather Tops Highest Paid Athletes List, No Women In Top 100

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The 29-year-old Kohli is also the lone Indian on the annual list of the world's 100 highest paid athletes, published by Forbes magazine on Wednesday. "The Notorious" was No. 24 on last year's list, earning $34 million.

Other women who previously featured were tennis players Li Na, now retired, and Maria Sharapova, who was kicked out of the ranks past year after a drug suspension.

While the time off Williams took for pregnancy and maternity leave affected her total take-home, the same is not true for the fathers on the list, who could still compete during their partners' pregnancies.

Mayweather's fight with UFC star Conor McGregor last August ensured he reclaimed top spot from Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo with earnings of $285 million. That sends a particularly disturbing message to female athletes everywhere, suggesting that women are financially punished for going on maternity leave.

North American boxer Floyd Mayweather, aka "Money", comes top with income of United States dollars 285 million. Boxing champ Floyd Mayweather and football legend Lionel Messi head the charts.

Serena Williams was the only woman to appear on the list previous year, coming in 51st place with reported earnings of $27 million (£20.1 million). Endorsement incomes include estimations of an athlete's sponsorship deals, appearance fees, and licensing income.

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Rounding out the top 10 were footballer Neymar, basketball star LeBron James, tennis ace Roger Federer, basketball player Stephen Curry and American footballers Matt Ryan and Matthew Stafford.

If it wasn't already clear there is a gender wage gap in sports, Forbes' latest report on the world's highest-paid athletes shouts it from the newsstands.

However, female athletes notably failed to break into the top 100 for the first time since Forbes began publishing its ranking. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Soccer $108 million 4.

In the Australian Financial Review's Top 50 Sports Earners list from late a year ago, David Warner was the leading cricketer with an estimated AU$4.73m, putting him 12th overall.

You can see the full list here.

It is noted that in the "World's Highest-Paid Athletes 2018" list the 41-year-old Mayweather, with Dollars 285 million earnings topped. American Football was the next most-represented sport with 18 players, followed by baseball with 14 and football with nine.