Floyd Mayweather tops Forbes’ list of highest-paid athletes ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

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Retired boxer Floyd Mayweather has reclaimed first place from Cristiano Ronaldo in Forbes’ 2018 list of the world’s 100 highest-paid athletes.

The 41-year-old American’s significant earnings from last year’s fight with Irishman Conor McGregor made him the world’s best paid for the fourth time in seven years, with 285million US dollars (£212.8million). Real Madrid forward Ronaldo (USD108million/£80.6million) fell to third, behind his rival Lionel Messi (USD111million/£82.9million).

Only the top three had earnings surpassing USD100million (£74.7million).

Irish mixed martial artist McGregor (USD99million/£73.9million) and Paris St Germain’s Neymar (USD90million/£67.2million) were fourth and fifth, respectively, but for the first time since 2010 there was not a single female on the list.

Serena Williams – winner of 23 grand slam tennis singles titles – was last year the sole female representative, but she has since largely been inactive, owing to pregnancy and giving birth to her daughter Alexis in September. Though still substantial, her USD18million (£13.4million) off-court earnings from sponsors were insufficient for her to make the top 100.

LeBron James (basketball), Roger Federer (tennis), Stephen Curry (basketball), Matt Ryan (American football) and Matthew Stafford (American football) concluded the top 10, with 12th-placed Lewis Hamilton the highest-placed athlete from the UK.

Barcelona star Messi narrowly surpassed Ronaldo after signing a new contract at Barcelona, but the Portuguese, Mayweather and golfer Tiger Woods – this year ranked 16th – remained the only three to top the best-paid list during the past 18 years.

Fourth-placed McGregor’s earnings represented almost double that of four-time Formula One world champion Hamilton USD51million (£38.1million).

World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua’s USD39million (£29.1million) saw him ranked him at 25, made him the second highest-earning British athlete, and put him one place in front of golfer Rory McIlroy (USD37.7million/£28.2million).

The 35th-placed Gareth Bale’s USD34.6million (£25.8million) and 58th-spotted Wayne Rooney’s USD27million (£20.2million) made the two footballers the other British representatives on the list, which included all salaries, bonuses and prize money earned between June 1, 2017 and June 1, 2018.

Between them, the top 100 earned a collective USD3.8billion (£2.84billion) during the past 12 months, which represents an increase of 23 per cent from 2017. The cut-off also rose by USD1.5million (£1.1million); French basketball player Nicholas Batum of the Charlotte Hornets was this year 100th, having been paid a total of USD22.9million (£17.1million).

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Hey everyone, it’s Niall here giving you a bitesize look at what’s going on in the world of sport.

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Novak Djokovic crashed out of the French Open and then cast doubt over whether he will play at Wimbledon.

The 12-time grand slam winner was stunned in the quarter-finals at Roland Garros by world number 72 Marco Cecchinato.

Italian Cecchinato won in four sets, scrambling over the line in an epic tie-break on his fourth match point.

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Manchester United announced that they have agreed a deal to sign Brazil midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk as Jose Mourinho seeks the magic formula to topple Premier League champions Manchester City.

In other news, Arsenal head coach Unai Emery believes new signing Stephan Lichtsteiner will improve the club both on and off the pitch.

The 34-year-old won the Serie A title in each of his seven years with the Italian giants and signs for the Gunners ahead of leading his country Switzerland into the World Cup in Russia.

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Hello, David Cooper here with your headlines on Tuesday evening…

TOP STORY

Fred in action at Anfield on Sunday.

Fred in action at Anfield for Brazil on Sunday.

Manchester United have reached an agreement with Shakhtar Donetsk to sign Brazil midfielder Fred for a reported fee in excess of £50million.

United announced the news in a brief statement on their official website, which read: “Manchester United is delighted to announce it has reached agreement with Shakhtar Donetsk for the transfer of Frederico Rodrigues de Paula Santos (Fred).”

Check out five things you didn’t know about the midfielder.

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Error: FIFA’s data about Kane’s weight was wrong.

Harry Kane insists he is in peak condition for the World Cup after the FIFA website mistakenly listed his weight as 15-and-a-half stone.

The England captain says he is at his “fighting weight” for the tournament in Russia this month, around 89 or 90 kilos rather than the 96 kilos that FIFA stated.

“The lads came over to me yesterday afternoon and said my weight had been put at 96 kilos,” Kane said at the England media day, broadcast on Sky Sports HQ.

“I don’t know if it’s been changed but I’m definitely not 15-and-a-half-stone.

“I’m normally about 89 or 90 kilos. We weigh most days when we get up and that’s normally my fighting weight.”

Read more here.

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Read more here.

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