No women make Forbes' list of top paid sport stars

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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 a year ago.

Salaries and prize money are up significantly, but endorsement earnings fell for the second straight year to $ 877 million as companies watch their sports marketing budgets.

No women have made it onto the list, with Serena Williams dropping out of the elite earners after taking time off due to pregnancy.

Conor McGregor also benefitted from the historic fight last August, as the Irish MMA athlete jumped to fourth spot with a reported $99 million earnings of which $85 million came in winnings/salary.

Three mega stars of Formula 1 have unsurprisingly made it to Forbes 2018 Top 100 highest-paid athletes list, and the names are equally predictable.

"Boxing's biggest night of 2017 helped Mayweather and McGregor earn almost $400m combined", said Kurt Badenhausen, senior editor at Forbes Media.

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Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo was the highest paid athlete the two previous years. "But basketball players dominate the top 100 overall thanks to a soaring salary cap triggered by the NBA's $24 billion TV contract".

NBA star LeBron James is the highest-paid basketball player to feature on the list, coming in at sixth rank with total earnings of $112 million, just ahead of Roger Federer, who earned $102 million. There are no hockey players on the list. However, Kohli's earnings are less than one-fourth of Mayweather, who earned $285 million in the same period.

There were four Boston-based athletes on the list, led by Irving at $36.1 million.

Between them, the top 100 earned a collective $3.8bn during the past 12 months, which represents an increase of 23% from 2017.

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