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Barcelona star, Lionel Messi, has moved to the top slot above rival Cristiano Ronaldo in the annual Forbes list ranking of the world's 100 highest-paid athletes. Matthew Stafford $59.5 M It was the first time since the list expanded in 2010 that there was not a single woman on it, according to Forbes. Almost all of his 2018 income came from a single 36-minute fight against UFC's Conor McGregor. Nevertheless, he still figures in 26th place in the list with $37.5m, $34m of which came from sponsorship and endorsements.

You can view the list here. The top golfers behind Woods were Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas. Thomas earned a scarcely-believable $21m on the course and is now the world's top-ranked golfer, but he has a long, long way to go before he can come anywhere close to the likes of Woods, Mickelson and McIlroy in off-the-course earnings.

Tennis sensation Serena Williams is typically among the top earners in sports.

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The 41-year-old also earned $10 million (R127 771 400, 00) from endorsement deals with companies like Hublot and Tequila Avion. Williams just missed out with earnings of $18m, while Sharapova still managed to earn $16m, nearly all of it from sponsors who remained to loyal to her.

While basketball and American football stars make most of their money through match fees and prize money, tennis and golf athletes make over 75% of their annual income through endorsements. The group draws from 68 different countries, then narrows it down to the 100 most famous athletes in the world. That list was topped by Mumbai Indians IPL team owner Mukesh Ambani, whose $40.1bn (£29.9bn) fortune put him $2bn ahead of former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who owns the Los Angeles Clippers.

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.