Mayweather, Messi, Ronaldo top Forbes' richest athletes list

Lionel Messi Floyd Mayweather and Cristiano Ronaldo

The magazine expanded the list in 2010, and since then at least one woman has been included. Being the only sportsperson to be featured in the list, the 29-year-old Indian cricket team skipper is ranked 83rd with earnings of Dollars 24 million.

Kohli was 89th on last year's list with estimated earnings of $22m.

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

Conor McGregor, left, and Floyd Mayweather Jr. during the first round of their fight at T-Mobile Arena, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Las Vegas.

"Boxing's biggest night of 2017 helped Mayweather and McGregor earn almost $400 million combined", Kurt Badenhausen, senior editor, Forbes Media said in a statement on Tuesday.

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). He is earning through salary and winnings was $4m while brand endorsements earned him $20m.

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Boxer Floyd Mayweather (left) reclaims the title of richest athlete in a list that also includes sports superstars (from left) LeBron James, Lionel Messi and Roger Federer. According to the reports, the top-100 athletes are from 22 different countries and 11 different sports.

Basketball players (all male) make up a notable part of the list.

Real Madrid's Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been at the top of list for the last two years, tumbled to third place with a profit of $ 108 million.

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

The top 100 has an worldwide flavour with athletes from 22 countries, but Americans dominate the list with 66 making the cut thanks to sky-high salaries in baseball, basketball and football. Former sprint king Usain Bolt has seen his stakes take a dip and is now No.45 on the list.

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