Cristiano Ronaldo remains on top, Messi slips — Forbes rich list

The list includes Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli, who is the only Indian to be included in the list.

Still the only mixed martial artist on the list, the Irishman made $23m from his fight purses, pay-per-view cuts and performance bonuses while $11m came from his personal endorsements.

Forbes has again revealed Cristiano Ronaldo as the highest-paid athlete in the world, with the Real Madrid striker topping the charts for a second year running with earnings of $93 million (€83m).

The two-weight UFC Champion was projected to have an annual earning of $34 million, which is good enough to put him in the top quarter of highest paid athletes.

Forbes report has described the prolific batsman the "Indian cricket phenom".

It added that Kohli has continuously shattered batting records and in 2015 was named the captain of the Indian national team, making him one of the youngest players to ever hold the title.

Kohli, according to the Forbes list, has a pay of United States dollars 22 million of which only USD 3 million is his salary and his winnings.

Last year, James was the third top-paid athlete behind Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. He was placed 18th on last year's list.

"The vast majority of his income, however, comes from one of the sports world's most impressive sponsorship portfolios", Forbes said.

Having come in at number 85 past year, "The Notorious" made his second appearance on the prestigious Forbes list, this time rocketing up all the way to 24.

Sixty-three American athletes had top-100 salaries, mostly in the NBA, NFL, and Major League Baseball.

Among the 100, woman tennis star Serena Williams, comes at the 51 spot with $27 million, the lone female athlete to figure in the Forbes Top 100 Athletes list 2017. Forbes said that sponsorers are still keen to invest in Tiger Woods even though his way of playing game changed quite a bit.


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