No women on Forbes'100 richest athletes list | Don't Miss This

Heather Diaz
June 10, 2018

But there has always been at least one female athlete, and as many as three, who qualified since the list was expanded to at least 50 names in 2010.

Even so, Forbes reported that Williams earned an estimated $18 million past year because of deals with the likes of Nike, JPMorgan Chase, Gatorade and others. The India skipper is placed 83 on the list.

"Congrats to all of the athletes who made the Forbes list, "Mayweather posted on Instagram".

It is noted that the "World's Highest-Paid Athletes 2018" compilation is an all-male event as no women being featured in the list.

Most of McGregor's earnings in 2017 came from his lone fight against Floyd Mayweather, where he earned a reported $85 million with another $14 million coming from endorsements.

Floyd Mayweather is the champ at making money. Unfortunately, Serena Williams - the only woman on Forbes 100 Highest Paid Athlete last year - dropped off it this year. However, that was about $5 million less than National Basketball Association player Nicolas Batum, who landed the 100th spot on the list.

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Tennis star Serena Williams was the sole female representative in the rankings previous year and dropped off the new list after taking a break for the birth of her daughter. According to the reports, the top-100 athletes are from 22 different countries and 11 different sports.

Argentine professional footballer Lionel Messi grabbed second place, pushing Cristiano Ronaldo into third. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Soccer $108 million 4.

According to the 2017 top earning list of Australian athletes, former world number one golfer Jason Day would be the closest to cracking the list, having earned AU$18.9m past year.

Woods claimed 16 places this year with US$43.3 million which included US$1.3m in salary and winnings and US$42m in endorsements.

Having not played much in the last 12 months owing to pregnancy and maternity leave, Williams' off-court earnings of $18 million was not enough to make 2018's top 100. "You can't be what you can't see, and the lack of women in this list only perpetuates the myth that sport is man's game", she said.

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