Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Lewis Hamilton ranks 12th in highest-paid athlete list

Lewis Hamilton ranks 12th in highest-paid athlete list

In November 2017, the Argentine signed a new contact with the club until 2021 that will see him take home an annual salary and bonuses in excess of $80 million (R1 021 966 400, 00).

Floyd Mayweather has admitted that he is not now considering coming out of retirement to fight in the UFC, however, the American hasn't ruled out the idea, according to TMZ Sports, cited by Bleacher Report.

According to Forbes, the lack of women on the list has a lot to do with the growing popularity of team sports and related licensing deals as opposed to individual sports, such as golf and tennis, where women having typically earned more endorsements.

"Congrats to all of the athletes who made the Forbes list", Mayweather posted on Instagram.

FC Barcelona soccer star Lionel Messi ranked second on the list at $111 million.

Everyone on Forbes' list was paid at least $22.9 million over a 12-month span. "You all are true champions".

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

Messi's long-time rival, Cristiano Ronaldo is third on Forbes' list having pocketed $108 million (R 1 379 654 640, 00) in the previous year. LeBron James $85.5 M 7. He also earned the second-most money from endorsements, at $52 million. The U.S. women's national soccer team, which generates more revenue than the men's squad, has recently filed a wage-discrimination complaint against U.S. Soccer in 2016, with claims of being paid one-quarter of what the men make.

Ryan, Matthew Stafford, Drew Brees, Derek Carr and Alex Smith were the NFL's top earners. The top golfers behind Woods were Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas.

British racing driver Lewis Hamilton is 12th in the list, with boxer Anthony Joshua 25th - and sure to rise if he can continue knocking out opponents.

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