U.S. boxer Floyd Mayweather topped the Forbes rankings of the world's top 100 earning athletes after earning US$275m ($361m) for his match in August against UFC star Conor McGregor, who claimed fourth position on the rankings (Lionel Hahn/PA Wire).
Speaking to HuffPost UK, Kate Dale, lead of Sport England's This Girl Can campaign, said "it matters" that there are no women on the list as "sport has the power to change more than the sporting world itself".
Players from 11 different sports are featured in the list, and from 22 different countries.
There are no women on the list this year, after the previous sole entrant, Serena Williams, dropped out of the chart. "But basketball players dominate the top 100 overall thanks to a soaring salary cap triggered by the NBA's $24 billion TV contract".
Three mega stars of Formula 1 have unsurprisingly made it to Forbes 2018 Top 100 highest-paid athletes list, and the names are equally predictable.
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Ronaldo's $108 million haul over the past 12 months trails only Mayweather Jr. and Messi. The contract guarantees Kohli an annual retainer of United States dollars 1 million.
Swiss ace Federer remains the most attractive athlete for sponsors, with endorsement deals accounting for $65 million of his earnings. "If I had of fought on the agreed May 12th bout in Rio De Janeiro, I would have surpassed Ronaldo and Messi to take 2nd place". He jumps 13 spots to fifth with an income of $90 million, including $19 million from endorsement partners.
But the most likely bet of an Australian earning a place in Forbes athletes rich list is basketballer Ben Simmons who in 2017 earned AU$14.35m at just 21 meaning he has time up his sleeve to get a few more big cheques under his belt.
With an additional $10 million in endorsements, Mayweather earned a total of $285 million between June 1, 2017, and June 1, 2018, comfortably eclipsing the second-placed figure on the list, football star Lionel Messi, who made $111 million.
The top is dominated by American sportsmen including LeBron James and two National Football League quarterbacks, but there is no room for New England Patriots' hero Tom Brady.