Tiger Woods has made a swift return to the top of Forbes Magazine's list of highest paid sports stars - jumping legendary boxing duo Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquaio.
The American golf star, who dropped to third in the annual list of 100 published personalities last year, has returned to the summit after making £50.7 million in the last 12 months, dating up to the 1st June.
Woods, who spent 12 years in first place between 2000 and 2011, has agreed several new sponsorship deals in recent months on top of doubling his prize money.
Mayweather, who topped the money list last year, dropped to 14th with earnings of £22.1m from his fight with Robert Guerrero in May after taking £54.3m when he fought twice during Forbes's last 12-month measurement period.
Tennis player Roger Federer rose to second on £46.4m while David Beckham, now retired, stayed eighth.
The study showed that Beckham, while famed as a global brand, was only the joint-fourth highest earner from endorsement deals.
The 38-year-old, who announced his retirement from playing last month after winning the Ligue 1 title with Paris St-Germain, increased his overall earnings to £30.6m.
But the £27.3m he made from sponsorship contracts left him behind Woods, Federer and golfer Phil Mickelson, and alongside basketball player LeBron James.
Beckham remained the highest-paid footballer, ahead of Real Madrid winger Cristiano Ronaldo (£28.6m) and Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi (£26.8m), who completed the overall top 10.
Other than Becks, the most successful English footballers remain Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney, despite his fall of 24 positions to 61st on earnings of£13.7m, and England and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, who made 93rd after taking in £11.2m.
Northern Irish golfer and two-time major winner Rory Mcllroy's £19.2m put him in 21st, while Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton, who recently switched team's from McLaren to Mercedes, followed in 26th on £17.6m.
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt was the only track athlete to feature. The six-time Olympic champion and world record holder at both 100m and 200m, shot up the rankings from 63rd to 40th after taking in £15.8m following his performance at London 2012. The likes of British heroes Mo Farah, Bradley Wiggins and Jessica Ennis-Hill did not make the list.
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso came in as Formula 1's top earner again, staying 19th with overall earnings rising slightly to £19.5m.
While Serena Williams was joined in the Top 100 by fellow female tennis players Maria Sharapova and Li Na.
French Open champion Sharapova rose from 26th to 22nd in the overall rankings, as her earnings increased by more than around £1 million to £18.8m.
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