Forbes magazine has released its list of the top 100 highest paid athletes in the world, taking into account their winnings and sponsorship deals.

Floyd Mayweather tops the list by a wide margin, but is the only boxer in the top ten (Manny Pacquiao comes in at 11). The rest of the list is made of of men from the realms of football, basketball, golf, tennis, and American football, with Americans making up 60% of the rankings.

Top 10 highest paid athletes in the world 2014

  1. Floyd Mayweather (Boxing/USA) – $105 million (£64.5m)
  2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Football/Portugal) – $80 million (£49m)
  3. LeBron James (Basketball/USA) – $72.3 million (£44.5m)
  4. Lionel Messi (Football/Argentina) – $64.7 million (£39.8m)
  5. Kobe Bryant (Basketball/USA) – $61.5 million (£37.8m)
  6. Tiger Woods (Golf/USA) – $61.2 million (£37.6m)
  7. Roger Federer (Tennis/Switzerland) – $56.2 million (£34.6m)
  8. Phil Mickelson (Golf/USA) – $53.2 million (£32.7m)
  9. Rafael Nadal (Tennis/Spain) $44.5 million (£27.4m)
  10. Matt Ryan (American Football/USA) – $43.8 million (£26.9m)

Top five highest paid British athletes 2014

  1. Gareth Bale (Football) – $36.4 million (£22.4m) – (14th in the world)
  2. Lewis Hamilton (Formula 1) – $32 million (£19.7m) – (19th in the world)
  3. Rory McIlroy (Golf) – $24.3 million (£14.9m) – (35th in the world)
  4. Wayne Rooney (Football) – $23.4 million (£14.4m) – (43rd in the world)
  5. Steven Gerrard (Football) – $18.7 million (£11.5m) – (86th in the world)

Only five British athletes made the top 100 list

Top three highest paid female athletes 2014

  1. Maria Sharapova (Tennis/Russia) – $24.4 million (£15m) – (34th in the world)
  2. Li Na (Tennis/China) – $23.6 million (£14.5m) – (41st in the world)
  3. Serena Williams (Tennis/USA) – $22 million (£13.5m) – (55th in the world)

Only three female athletes made the top 100 list

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