Floyd Mayweather, the billion dollars man, the money – many names for the man who has fought his way to the Number 1 position of the Forbes World’s Highest Paid Athletes with 285 million dollars. Back in 27th August 2017, when Floyd fought the Irish Mixed Martial Artist Conor McGregor it was estimated that the winner of the fight would bag home around 100 million dollars and the ‘Money’ Mayweather did it with ease defeating the Irish fighter in a dominating 10 Rounds of onslaught and thus the ‘Money’ man took home his 100 million. It’s not the first time the boxer has ranked 1st on the Forbes’ list, earlier form 2012-2014 he was ranked 1st on the top paid athletes in the world list and he had done it – again.
Seeing his history and his undefeated 50-0 record into account, it comes as no surprise that Mayweather was crowned the World’s most richest and the top paid athlete after the football stars Messi with 111 million dollars and Ronaldo with 108 million dollars who ranked 2nd and 3rd on the list. Ranking 4th was Brazil’s forward star footballer Neymar with 90 million dollars.
The MMA champ Conor McGregor ranked 4th with 99 million dollars on the list while Tennis legend Roger Fedrer ranked 7th with 77.2 million dollars, the British boxer Anthony Joshua ranked 25th with 39 million dollars and the World Champion Sprinter Usain Bolt came on the 45th rank with 31 million dollars and India’s Cricket Skipper Virat Kohli ranked 83rd on the list with 24 million dollars. Kohli is the only Indian and the cricketer to be featured on the Forbes’ list of top paid athletes.
“Congrats To All Of The Athletes Who Made The Forbes List, You All Are True Champions,” Mayweather,41 wrote on his Instagram account after the release of the highest-paid athlete’s list.
It is to be noted that no female athletes were on Forbes top 100 list. Serena Williams, tennis star who was the Number 1 top paid athlete of the world in 2016 was no where to be found in this year’s list, Williams with an estimated $18 million dollars in earnings. Maria Sharapova, another tennis player and rival to Williams, who was Forbes’ highest-paid female athlete for 11 years straight, starting from 2004 was not on the list as well.
The Top 10 of the highest paid athletes according to the Forbes’ list are as follows:
- Floyd Mayweather Jr. ($285 million)
- Lionel Messi ($111 million)
- Cristiano Ronaldo ($108 million)
- Conor McGregor ($99 million)
- Neymar ($90 million)
- LeBron James ($85.5 million)
- Roger Federer ($77.2 million)
- Stephen Curry ($76.9 million)
- Matt Ryan ($67.3 million)
- Matthew Stafford ($59.5 million)
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