Virat Kohli Only Indian In Forbes List Of World's Highest Paid Athletes

The 28-year-old batting sensation earned $22 million during the most recent 12 months; $3 million through compensation and rewards, and $19 million through brand supports. However, Forbes noted that he gets more from sponsorships.

Fighting three times in 2016 and breaking UFC pay-per-view records along the way, McGregor netted $34 million total, including $27 million in fight purses and another $7 million in endorsements.

Topping the list is Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been named as the world's highest-paid athlete.

The top five highest-paid athletes after Ronaldo and James are Lionel Messi ($80 million), Roger Federer ($64 million) and Kevin Durant ($60.6 million).

McGregor made $18 million with $4 million in endorsements previous year to make the number 85 spot during his first appearance on the Forbes Highest Paid Athlete list, however he claimed to have made upwards of $40 million.

Aldridge was No. 29 out of 32 National Basketball Association players on the list.

The only women athlete who stands at number 51 in the overall list of the Forbes magazine is the Serena Williams who is the 23 times Grand Slam victor. "By far most of his salary, be that as it may, originates from one of the games world's most incredible sponsorships portfolios", Forbes said. Even Legendary Tiger Woods who was arrested recently secured 17th place.

The list also includes tennis greats Novak Djokovic (16) and Rafael Nadal (33), basketball player Anthony Davis (44) and soccer star Wayne Rooney (70).

Forbes has just released its list of highest paid athletes, and for the first time, McGregor is listed in the top 25.

Jimmie Johnson at No. 93 ($21.8 million) was among two NASCAR drivers to make the list.

Forbes' earnings figures include salaries, bonuses, prize money, appearance fees, as well as licensing and endorsement income for the past 12 months.

  • Julie Sanders