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Lionel Messi Floyd Mayweather and Cristiano Ronaldo

Lionel Messi Floyd Mayweather and Cristiano Ronaldo are the three highest paid sportsmen in the world Credit getty images

"Virat Kohli is among the world's highest-paid athletes, according to a Forbes" compilation, according to a Forbes' compilation.

In previous years there have been between 1-3 females included in the list, with tennis ace, Serena Williams featuring a few times before.

Indian cricket captain, Virat Kohli has yet again, made it to the Forbes's annual list of the world's 100 highest-paid athletes. Read Also Watch: Virat Kohli expresses support for Indian footballer Sunil Chhetri's plea, requests fans to support their team The "World's Highest-Paid Athletes 2018' list is topped by 41-year-old Mayweather, with United States dollars 285 million earnings". His estimated earnings, including endorsements, for 2017 were $285 million.

And by the way, in case you're wondering, to make the Forbes 100 cut, it was necessary to earn $22.9M, which is the amount generated by the last man on the list, Charlotte Hornets basketball player Nicolas Batum. Rival Lionel Messi (No. 2; $111 million), mixed martial artist and boxer, Conor McGregor (No. 4; 99 million) and footballer Neymar ($90 million) were the other three in the top five positions on the list. He made it to the All-Star Team, All-NBA First Team and NBA's All-Defensive First Team while leading the Pelicans to the second round of the Playoffs, their most successful campaign in 7 years.

As The Field had noted a year ago, there is a huge financial disparity between male and female athletes.

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Messi's annual salary and bonus exceeded $80 million, making him the highest-paid player on the pitch this year.

That figure is more than twice as much as Messi, who is on $111m (£82.6m), including endorsements, while Ballon d'Or victor Ronaldo comes in at $108m (£80.4m). "No NHL players or Nascar drivers earned $20 million during the past year", the website said.

NBA stars lead with a record-topping 40 basketball players among the top 100.

The top 100 athletes earned a total of US$3.8bn, up 23% from past year, Forbes said. Those three sports had a combined 72 entries, Forbes added.

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