The ten highest-paid athletes in the world have been revealed, with UFC star Conor McGregor topping the list for the first time ever.
According to Forbes, McGregor pocketed a whopping $180 million in the past 12 months, joining Roger Federer and Tiger Woods as the only athletes to earn more than $70 million off the field in a single year while still actively competing.
That’s despite only fighting once, with most of his earnings coming from outside the octagon.
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“This year, McGregor lands the winning punch, having leveraged his unmatched popularity in mixed martial arts to build a lucrative hustle outside UFC’s Octagon,” Forbes wrote.
The 32-year-old Irishman took home around $22 million in his loss to Dustin Poirier, while the rest came from his successful business ventures, including the recent sale of his majority stake in whiskey brand Proper No. Twelve to Proximo Spirits for $150 million.
It’s McGregor’s second appearance in the top ten, after coming in at number four with $99 million in 2018 after his fight against Floyd Mayweather.
Forbes 10 highest-paid athletes:
1. Conor McGregor, MMA: $180 million
2. Lionel Messi, Soccer: $130 million
3. Cristiano Ronaldo, Soccer: $120 million
4. Dak Prescott, Football: $107.5 million
5. LeBron James, Basketball: $96.5 million
6. Neymar, Soccer: $95 million
7. Roger Federer, Tennis: $90 million
8. Lewis Hamilton, Formula 1: $82 million
9. Tom Brady, Football: $76 million
10. Kevin Durant, Basketball: $75 million
In 2016, Conor McGregor (@thenotoriousmma) made a prediction to Cristiano Ronaldo that he would one day catch him on the Forbes list. Today, Mystic Mac struck again, as McGregor was named the highest-paid athlete in the world. pic.twitter.com/SrqKBU1n8h
— The Mac Life (@TheMacLife) May 12, 2021