Woods leads golfers on Forbes 'rich list'

Woods leads golfers on Forbes 'rich list'

The next golfer on the list is fellow veteran Phil Mickelson, coming in at 22nd with $41.3 million. Barcelona's Lionel Messi moved narrowly ahead of Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo into second with $112 million. That stems largely from his fight in August with UFC fighter Conor McGregor. Kohli's earnings put him at 83 on the list.

You can view the list here. He's followed closely by three-time major victor Jordan Spieth in 23rd ($41.2 million) and Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy in 26th, the only non-American golfer on the list.

Justin Thomas was the only other golfer to crack the top 100, listed at 66th with $26 million.

According to Forbes, the lack of women on the list has a lot to do with the growing popularity of team sports and related licensing deals as opposed to individual sports, such as golf and tennis, where women having typically earned more endorsements.

Perhaps the biggest surprise about the list is that it does not contain a single woman.

"Serena is still killing it off the court, "he said about the younger Williams earning potential". The four-time major victor has banked $37.5m over the previous year, including $3.7m in on-course earnings and $34m in endorsements. "She's more popular than ever with corporate sponsors". There are five golfers in the list, 18 American footballers, 14 baseball players, nine footballers, four boxers, four tennis players, three racing drivers, and one each from cricket (Virat Kohli), mixed-martial arts (McGregor) and athletics (Usain Bolt). The group draws from 68 different countries, then narrows it down to the 100 most famous athletes in the world.

Perhaps unsurprisingly Tiger Woods, who has topped this list many times in the past, is the highest of those.

Lewis Hamilton led the auto racing field at $51 million.