Boxer Mayweather tops world’s highest paid athletes list
American boxer Floyd Mayweather was named the world’s <g data-gr-id="20">highest paid</g> athlete for the past 12 months, according to the annual figures list from business magazine Forbes. This the third time in four years he has topped the list released on Wednesday.
According to the magazine, Mayweather earned US $300 million in the last one year.
He was followed by Philippines boxer Manny Pacquiao with $160m. Mayweather defeated Pacquiao in a multi-million dollar ‘super-fight’ earlier this year.
Spanish football club Real Madrid’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo ($79.6m) and fellow club FC Barcelona striker Lionel Messi ($73.8m) were third and fourth respectively on the list.
Indian cricket team’s <g data-gr-id="19">limited overs</g> skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was ranked 23rd on the list, the highest ranked person from his discipline, with total earnings of $31 million. Dhoni was tied with Brazilian football superstar Neymar for the spot.
The figures include salaries, bonuses, prize money and appearance fees, plus estimates of endorsement income for the past 12 months.
Dhoni sole Indian in Forbes list
Cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni is among Forbes magazine’s 100 highest-paid athletes in the world, the only Indian sportsman on the list that has been topped again by American boxer Floyd Mayweather and includes golfer Tiger Woods, tennis star Roger Federer and Portuguese soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo. Dhoni has been ranked 23rd on the Forbes list of The World’s Highest-Paid Athletes 2015, dropping a notch from his ranking of 22 last year. Dhoni’s total earnings stood at USD 31 million, including <g data-gr-id="40">amount</g> from salary/winnings at USD 4 million and endorsements worth USD 27 million. The 33-year old cricketer retired from Test cricket at the end of 2014, ceding his Indian national team captainship to fellow star Virat Kohli but remains India’s skipper at the One Day International and T20 levels.