In the world of UFC, many would argue Conor McGregor is past his prime. In the world of money, it’s a very different story. The MMA star topped Forbes list of the ten highest paid athletes for 2021.
According to Forbes, McGregor raked in $180 million dollars in the past twelve months. $22 million of that came from his loss against Dustin Poirier in January, with the majority of the rest coming from the sale of his whiskey brand Proper No. Twelve to Proximo Spirits back in April.
Coming in the No. 2 and 3 spots on the list were soccer stars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo earning $130 million and $120 million respectively. Unlike McGregor, the majority of their money was earned through their professional soccer contracts.
Unsurprisingly LeBron James made the list as well, coming in behind Dak Prescott in the No. 5 spot. Bringing in $96.5 million over the past twelve months, LeBron earned $31.5 million from his contract with the Lakers. The other $65 million came from his endorsement deals, like his new partnership with PepsiCo, as well as his other business ventures.
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No. 1: Conor McGregor: $180 million
No. 2: Lionel Messi: $130 million
No. 3: Cristiano Ronaldo: $120 million
No. 4: Dak Prescott: $107.5 million
No. 5: LeBron James: $96.5 million
No. 6: Neymar: $95 million
No. 7: Roger Federer: $90 million
No. 8: Lewis Hamilton: $82 million
No. 9: Tom Brady: $76 million
No. 10: Kevin Durant: $75 million