Sport in "stone age" on equal pay issues, says Hamilton

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The list compled salary/winnings and endoresment money, with boxer Floyd Mayweather taking the top spot with a whopping £285 million. "Money" made $275 million in salary/winnings - with the bulk of that coming from his fight against Conor McGregor - and $10 million in endorsements.

Forbes has once again ranked the world's athletes by their total earnings in the past year.

And if he can finally land that elusive 15th major, the 42-year-old American could easily find himself back at the top of the pile.

Like he did to Conor McGregor in August, Floyd Mayweather has now thoroughly trounced Cristiano Ronaldo. The four-time major victor has banked $37.5m over the previous year, including $3.7m in on-course earnings and $34m in endorsements. The top golfers behind Woods were Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas.

The highest-earning golfers. who have yet to win on tour!

Perhaps the biggest surprise about the list is that it does not contain a single woman.

"Serena is still killing it off the court, "he said about the younger Williams earning potential. It is harder than ever to qualify for the 100 highest-paid athletes, with the cutoff up $1.5 million to $22.9 million". The 2018 list includes two stars of the NBA Finals but no women anywhere in the top 100. Williams just missed out with earnings of $18m, while Sharapova still managed to earn $16m, nearly all of it from sponsors who remained to loyal to her.

The latest list features athletes from 11 different sports, with basketball leading the way with 40 contenders.

In the top 100 list, the National Football League had 18 athletes, 14 were baseball players and nine were footballers.

Lewis Hamilton led the auto racing field at $51 million.

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