Floyd Mayweather is the world’s highest-paid athlete for 2018

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Something for the weekend: American boxer Floyd Mayweather has secured his latest sporting victory, ranking as the world’s highest-paid athlete in Forbes’ 2018 list.

Between 1 June 2017 and 1 June 2018, the undefeated boxing champ earned $285 million (£214 million) including salary, bonuses, prize money, endorsements, licensing and appearance fees. This is the fourth time in the last seven years that Mayweather has topped the highest-paid athlete list.

The top 100 best-paid athletes earned a total of $3.8 billion (£2.9 billion) over the past 12 months, a 23% increase from 2017’s highest sporting wages.

Footballers Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo also ranked highly, with salaries of $111 million (£83 million) and $108 million (£81 million) respectively. Swiss tennis star Roger Federer took home an impressive $77.2 million (£58 million) over the last 12 months. American golfer Tiger Woods hit gold rather than the green with a total of $43.3 million (£33 million), but British race driver Lewis Hamilton sped ahead of him with $51 million (£38 million).

The world’s highest-paid athlete list features no female sports stars for 2018.

The top 10 highest-paid athletes in the world for 2018 are:

  1. Floyd Mayweather: $285 million (£214 million)
  2. Lionel Messi: $111 million (£83 million)
  3. Cristiano Ronaldo: $108 million (£81 million)
  4. Conor McGregor: $99 million (£74 million)
  5. Neymar: $90 million (£67 million)
  6. LeBron James: $85.5 million (£64 million)
  7. Roger Federer: $77.2 million (£58 million)
  8. Stephen Curry: $76.9 million (£57 million)
  9. Matt Ryan: $67.3 million (£51 million)
  10. Matthew Stafford: $59.5 million (£45 million)

Here at Employee Benefits, we are thinking of raiding our sportswear. Clearly a career as a professional athlete is incredibly lucrative, although we do not plan on fighting Mayweather for his salary any time soon…