Floyd Mayweather is world's highest paid athlete

Lionel Messi Floyd Mayweather and Cristiano Ronaldo

Williams ranked 51st on the 2017 list, earning an estimated $27 million between endorsement deals and prize money.

Argentine professional footballer Lionel Messi grabbed second place, pushing Cristiano Ronaldo into third.

Tennis star Serena Williams, who a year ago was the only woman to feature on the list at 51st place with earnings of $36 million, dropped out of the rankings after taking a break from the sport due to the birth of her daughter.

The top ten were rounded out by mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor at $99 million, soccer player Neymar at $90 million, Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James at $85.5 million, tennis player Roger Federer at $77.2 million, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry at $76.9 million and National Football League quarterbacks Matt Ryan and Matthew Stafford at $67.3 million and $59.5 million, respectively.

Indian cricket captain, Virat Kohli has yet again, made it to the Forbes's annual list of the world's 100 highest-paid athletes.

Football icon Cristiano Ronaldo ($108 million) who was the world's highest paid athlete the past two years, has dropped two positions to Number 3. "The soaring National Basketball Association salaries are a result of an increased salary cap, driven by the league's $24 billion TV deal, which tipped off with the 2016-17 season".

Pep Guardiola has problems with African players, says Yaya Toure
Toure, an Ivory Coast global , played for Guardiola at Barcelona for two seasons until he was sold to City in 2010 for £24m. He played just 17 times in the 2017/18 English Premier League season and admits he wondered if it was due to his "colour".

Players from 11 different sports are featured in the list, and from 22 different countries.

While McGregor came in at No. 4, his opponent, Floyd Mayweather, ended up at No. 1 overall with reported earnings at $285 million.

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).

The top 100 earned $3.8 billion, a 23 percent jump over previous year.

At 47, golfer Phil Mickelson is the oldest athlete on the list, while 23-year-old Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo is the youngest and he rounds up the top 30.

Forbes said it was harder than ever to qualify for the 100 highest-paid athletes, with the cutoff up Dollars 1.5 million to USD 22.9 million.

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