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Virat Kohli ranked 89 in world's highest-paid athletes Forbes list

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Retired boxer Floyd Mayweather has reclaimed first place from Cristiano Ronaldo in Forbes' 2018 list of the world's 100 highest-paid athletes, with Ireland's Conor McGregor in fourth.

Forbes said that its rankings have "long been testosterone-heavy", but added that "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". The former UFC champ checks in at number four on the list with a salary of $85 million for the year and endorsements totaling $14 million.

He is also the only Indian sportsperson to be featured by Forbes.

Mayweather, Ronaldo and Tiger Woods are the only three athletes to have topped the list over the past 18 years, Forbes said.

"There are two drivers of income for athletes, the amount they get paid and the endorsements that they have", said Jon Long, UK managing director of sports marketing research firm Nielsen Sports.

Of his United States dollars 24m earnings, 20m are estimated to be from endorsements, while the remaining 4m come from his salary.

The Forbes list factored in prize cash, salaries and bonuses earned between June 1, 2017 and this past June 1.

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FC Barcelona soccer star Lionel Messi ranked second on the list at $111 million.

U.S. boxer Floyd Mayweather has re-claimed the crown of the world's top earning athlete, but no women, or Australians, made the list.

Ireland's Conor McGregor was the fourth highest paid athlete in the world in 2017. There are 22 different countries represented in the top 100.

Brazil and Paris St Germain star Neymar joins Messi and Ronaldo in the top five. The top 100 earned Dollars 3.8 billion, a 23 per cent jump over past year.

The top 100 has an global flavour with athletes from 22 countries, but Americans dominate the action with 66 making the cut thanks to sky-high salaries in baseball, basketball and football.

You can see the full list here.

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