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Conor McGregor tops Forbes’ highest-paid athletes list

Conor McGregor tops Forbes’ highest-paid athletes list

STAR POWER. Notorious in and out of the octagon, Conor McGregor remains as UFC’s biggest draw.

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MMA superstar Conor McGregor rakes in higher earnings than football icons Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, and NBA champion LeBron James

Irish MMA fighter Conor McGregor was the world’s highest-paid athlete over the last year ahead of soccer players Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, according to the annual Forbes list released on Wednesday, May 12.

During the 12-month period ending May 1, 2021, McGregor earned $180 million, a figure which includes $158 million from endorsements and the recent sale of the majority stake of his whiskey brand, Forbes said.

Barcelona and Argentina forward Messi was second on the list and set a record as the highest-earning soccer player after bringing home $130 million while Portugal and Juventus forward Ronaldo earned $120 million to sit third among the top 10 highest-paid athletes.

NFL quarterback Dak Prescott ($107.5 million) of the Dallas Cowboys and four-times NBA champion LeBron James ($96.5 million) rounded out the top five.

Forbes said its on-the-field earnings figures include all prize money, salaries, and bonuses earned during the 12-month period. while off-the-field earnings are an estimate of sponsorship deals, appearance fees, and licensing income. –