Conor McGregor

Ireland’s Conor McGregor tops Forbes’ highest-paid athletes list for 2021

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) star fighter of Ireland — Conor McGregor has been the world’s highest-paid athlete in the past one year and in course, he has also left behind ace footballers like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, according to the annual Forbes list.

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.

On the other hand, Barcelona and Argentina forward Messi is second on the list and set a record as the highest-earning soccer player after bringing home $130 million.

Portugal and Juventus forward Ronaldo earned $120 million in the past one year and sits at the third spot 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.

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