Serena Williams, the only woman to make last year’s ranking, dropped off this year’s list due to decreased earnings during her pregnancy and maternity leave.
Women are sidelined from this year’s rich list.
Not a single woman made Forbes’ list of the top 100 top-earning athletes this year. While the magazine’s annual ranking has “long been testosterone-heavy,” Forbes senior editor Kurt Badenhausen wrote, at least one female athlete had always snagged a spot since the magazine expanded its list in 2010.
Retired boxer Floyd Mayweather led the female-free ranking — topping the list for the fourth time in seven years with $285 million in earnings. Soccer stars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo took second and third place, having raked in a respective $111 million and $108 million, while MMA fighter Conor McGregor ranked fourth with $99 million and soccer player Neymar nabbed fifth with $90 million. Ronaldo had notched the No. 1 spot for the past two years.