Conor McGregor Listed As Highest Paid Athlete Of 2021 By Forbes

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Former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion Conor McGregor is now the highest-paid athlete in the world, according to Forbes.

The magazine lists the fighter’s worth at $180 million for 2021, adding that most of his recently accumulated wealth comes from the sale of his stake in the Proper No. Twelve whiskey for $150 million. The remainder of the $158 million he made outside of his time in the Octagon came from an endorsement portfolio that includes DraftKings, lifestyle brand Roots of Fight, and the video game “Dystopia: Contest of Heroes.”

The $22 million McGregor made “on the field” reportedly came from his rematch against Dustin Poirier in January. McGregor lost the contest via second-round TKO, and the athletes are scheduled for a trilogy fight on July 10.

This is McGregor’s first time as the top-earning athlete on the list, but he also made an appearance in the top ten in 2018, when he claimed the number-four spot following his boxing bout with Floyd Mayweather that helped him earn $99 million. He is the only combat sports athlete to make the top-ten list this year.

The list reads as follows:

  1. Conor McGregor: $180 million
  2. Lionel Messi: $130 million
  3. Cristiano Ronaldo: $120 million
  4. Dak Prescott: $107.5 million
  5. LeBron James: $96.5 million
  6. Neymar: $95 million
  7. Roger Federer: $90 million
  8. Lewis Hamilton: $82 million
  9. Tom Brady: $76 million
  10. Kevin Durant: $75 million


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