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No female athletes among highest 100 earners on Forbes list in 2018

Serena Williams falls out of top 100; Floyd Mayweather tops list after earning £213m last year; Lewis Hamilton is highest-paid British sports star, with £38.2m earnings

Serena Williams of the United States shows her dejection against Naomi Osaka of Japan in their first round match during the Miami Open Presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 21, 2018 in Key Biscayne, Florida
Image: Serena Williams made the 2017 Forbes list, but there is no female representation this year

Forbes have released their annual list of the world's highest-paid athletes and for the first time since its inception no female sports stars have made the cut.

Serena Williams, who was the only female athlete to make the 2017 list, fell out of the top 100 for 2018 after missing much of the year to give birth to her first child, Alexis.

Floyd Mayweather retained his place as the highest paid athlete in the world after earning $285m (£213.4m) last year, with the majority of his pay coming from his high-profile fight against Conor McGregor, who himself placed fourth on the list with earnings of $99m (£74.1m).

Image: Floyd Mayweather is the highest paid athlete in the world, according to Forbes

Lionel Messi was named the second highest earner with pay of $111m (£83.1m) last year, with his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo earning slightly less in 2018 with $108m (£80.9m).

Lewis Hamilton remained the highest paid British sports star on the list in the 12th place, with earnings of $51m (£38.2m).

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Other British athletes on the list include Anthony Joshua (25), Rory McIlroy (26), Gareth Bale (35) and Wayne Rooney (58).

Top 10

  • Floyd Mayweather - boxing ($285m)
  • Lionel Messi - football ($111m)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo - football ($108m)
  • Conor McGregor - mixed martial arts ($99m)
  • Neymar - football ($90m)
  • LeBron James - basketball ($85.5m)
  • Roger Federer - tennis ($77.2m)
  • Stephen Curry - basketball ($76.9m)
  • Matt Ryan - American football ($67.3m)
  • Matthew Stafford - American football ($59.5m)

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