Barcelona's Lionel Messi overtakes Cristiano Ronaldo on Forbes rich list

Tiger Woods, who has not won a tournament for five years and who has barely played over the previous three seasons, remains the highest earning golfer with $57 million, with $55 million of it coming through endorsements.

Forbes' earnings figures include all prize money, salaries and bonuses earned between June 1, 2017 and June 1, 2018.

The top 100 featured athletes from 22 countries - with 66 Americans - but not one female for the first time since 2010.

McGregor definitely made a huge jump after coming in at No. 24 past year, after he reportedly earned $34 million following a pair of lucrative fights against Nate Diaz as well as his championship win over Eddie Alvarez in 2016.

Forbes magazine's estimate of the world's top 100 highest-paid athletes in 2018 is quite the boys club.

Michael Rotondo, 30, Leaves The Nest
He reportedly waved to reporters and honked his horn as he pulled out of the driveway eight years after moving back in, rent-free. Earlier this week as he packed up his belongings, he told journalists his parents were "harassing" him by engaging in small talk.

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. Forbes said tennis' female stars Li Na, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams were list regulars but Li retired in 2014 and Sharapova is still dealing with the aftermath of a 15-month suspension for using a banned substance.

Swiss ace Federer remains the most attractive athlete for sponsors, with endorsement deals accounting for $85 million of his earnings.

"But basketball players dominate the top 100 overall thanks to a soaring salary cap triggered by the NBA's $24bn TV contract". Real Madrid forward Ronaldo ($108m/£80.6m) fell to third, behind his rival Lionel Messi ($111m/£82.9m). Brazil worldwide Neymar is the third football star in the top five. The top 100 earned $3.8 billion, a 23% jump over a year ago. Roger Federer ($77.2m) 8.

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is the highest earning National Football League player, coming in at ninth with $88 million.

But the most likely bet of an Australian earning a place in Forbes athletes rich list is basketballer Ben Simmons who in 2017 earned AU$14.35m at just 21 meaning he has time up his sleeve to get a few more big cheques under his belt.

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