MLB star Ohtani ranks 13th on world's highest-paid athletes list

Japanese Major League Baseball star Ohtani Shohei has been ranked 13th in US business magazine Forbes' annual list of highest-paid athletes in the world.

The magazine reported on Thursday he earned 85.3 million dollars in total in the last 12 months, with 25.3 million dollars coming from baseball and 60 million dollars from earnings off the field. That made him number one on the list of the highest-paid baseball players again.

Ohtani previously raked in 65 million dollars making him the highest-paid MLB player ever. This time around, he broke his own record by more than 20 million dollars.

According to Forbes' top 50 list, Portuguese soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo topped the list of the world's highest-paid athletes by earning 260 million dollars. He was followed by Spanish golfer Jon Rahm, who earned 218 million dollars. Lionel Messi, another soccer superstar, came in third. He earned 135 million dollars.

Ohtani is the only Japanese person on the top list. Among baseball players, Texas Rangers pitcher Max Scherzer was second to Ohtani. He earned 59.9 million dollars.

There were no women on the top 50 list. One reason Forbes cited for this is that the women's sports market is small. The magazine also noted that US tennis star Serena Williams, who used to be on the list, decided to step away from professional tennis.