Conor McGregor celebrates after being named the Highest-Paid Athlete in the world by Forbes : See pics here

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Conor McGregor celebrates after being named the Highest-Paid Athlete in the world by Forbes : See pics here
Conor McGregor celebrates after being named the Highest-Paid Athlete in the world by Forbes : See pics here

MMA fighter and businessman Connor McGregor took home the title for this year’s highest-paid athlete in the world. Forbes annually released a list of Highest-Paid Athletes in the world. McGregor earned a massive $180 million payday for 2021, with the majority coming from the sale of his whiskey company.

After achieving this great feat, the MMA superstar celebrated by cutting a cake with his child. He shared the photos of the celebration on this social media accounts. A cake can be seen in the pics with a photo of him and Highest paid athlete is written over it.

Baby we did it!! Uimhir a Haon 🇮🇪❤️
Thank you Forbes for recognizing my role as an entrepreneur!
It was a dream to lead this list with so many successful athletes!
Onwards and upwards we go 🙏

Conor McGregor – US$180 million

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. The brash McGregor collected a total of $180 million over the last 12 months; most of that comes from his recent sale of his majority stake in whiskey brand Proper No. Twelve to Proximo Spirits for $150 million. It’s the 32-year-old’s first time at No. 1 and his second appearance in the top ten (he landed at No. 4 with $99 million in 2018 after the fight against Mayweather). McGregor clearly wants to put his money to work even beyond booze. Adding in his endorsements, McGregor made $158 million outside of his fighting career over the last 12 months, becoming only the third athlete, after Roger Federer and Tiger Woods, to earn more than $70 million off the field in a single year while still actively competing.

Three other superstars also surpassed $100 million in total earnings this year: soccer stars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and NFL quarterback Dak Prescott.

The ten highest-paid athletes in the world took home pretax gross earnings of $1.05 billion during the past 12 months, 28% more than last year’s top earners.

Here’s the list of Highest-Paid Athletes in the world by Forbes :

  1. Conor McGregor, UFC: $180 million

  2. Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, Barcelona: $130 million

  3. Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus: $120 million

  4. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys: $107.5 million

  5. LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers: $96.5 million

  6. Neymar, Paris Saint-Germain: $95 million

  7. Roger Federer, tennis: $90 million

  8. Lewis Hamilton, F1: $82 million

  9. Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: $76 million

  10. Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets: $75 million