Forbes has released its list of the highest-earning athletes in the world

US boxer Floyd Mayweather has regained his title in the Forbes rankings of the world’s top 100 earning athletes.

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

There are yet again no rugby players in the top 100.

The top 10
  • Floyd Mayweather – boxing ($285m)
  • Lionel Messi – football ($111m)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo – football ($108m)
  • Conor McGregor – mixed martial arts ($99m)
  • Neymar – football ($90m)
  • LeBron James – basketball ($85,5m)
  • Roger Federer – tennis ($77.2m)
  • Stephen Curry – basketball ($76.9m)
  • Matt Ryan – American football ($67.3m)
  • Matthew Stafford – American football ($59.5m)
See the full list here.

Americans dominate the placings with 66 athletes, while the UK has five, led by F1 driver Lewis Hamilton at number 12 with $51m.

The Dominican Republic and Spain have three athletes, while Argentina, Brazil, France, Japan and Venezuela all have two.

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