Conor McGregor tops Forbes’ Athletes Rich List for the FIRST time ever edging out Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo… as Irish UFC star rakes in yearly earnings of £127m after selling remaining stake in his Proper 12 whiskey company
- Forbes announced the world’s top 10 highest-paid athletes over the past year
- Conor McGregor took the No 1 spot, having earned an incredible £127million
- McGregor made staggering £112m outside the Octagon for his whiskey ventures
- Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were second and third respectively on list
- Seven-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton came in at eighth
McGregor made a gigantic £127million over the last 12 months which have been plagued by the Covid pandemic, including £112m outside the Octagon thanks mainly to him selling out the remaining stake in his Proper 12 whiskey company.
The Irish UFC star pipped six-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi to top spot with the Barcelona star having raked in £92m over the last year.
Conor McGregor was crowned No 1 on Forbes’ highest-paid athletes list for the first time ever
Lionel Messi came in at No 2, having earned £92m compared to McGregor’s £127m
Cristiano Ronaldo makes up the top three, raking in £85m over the past 12 months
|8||Lewis Hamilton||£58m||Formula One|
The Argentine international, who has been in the spotlight for much of the last 12 months after trying to leave Barcelona last year while his mega-money contract came to light, set a record for football players with his total of £92m.
Messi’s great football rival Ronaldo, currently playing for Juventus, comes in at third on the list having earned £85m.
McGregor, as well as selling his whiskey company, also came up trumps thanks to his endorsements, adding DraftKings, video game Dystopia: Contest of Heroes, and the lifestyle brand Roots of Fight to his growing portfolio.
It represents only the third time ever that an athlete has raked in more than £49.5m from outside the sport while competing, following in the footsteps of Tiger Woods and Roger Federer.
Dak Prescott landed fourth spot, earning £76m in 12 months plagued by the Covid pandemic
NBA great LeBron James came in at No 5 on Forbes’ Rich List after raking in £68m
McGregor is the first UFC star to have topped the yearly Forbes list, and the first Irishman to do so.
NFL quarterback Dak Prescott (£76m) and NBA great LeBron James (£68m) make up the rest of the top five on Forbes’ Rich List.
Neymar earned £67m and comes in at No 6, while Roger Federer – who topped the list last year – is one further back in seventh after making £64m.
Meanwhile, seven-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton stands at eighth after making £58m over the past 12 months.
Neymar, who just signed a new Paris Saint-Germain deal, placed at sixth with £67m
Roger Federer, No 1 last year, came in at seventh this time having earned £64m
The top 10 on Forbes’ Rich List concludes with NFL icon Tom Brady, who added a seventh Super Bowl to his list of achievements, coming in at No 9 with £54m and NBA star Kevin Durant bringing in £53m.
In fact McGregor, Messi, Ronaldo and Prescott join only five other athletes – Federer, Floyd Mayweather, Neymar, Manny Pacquaio and Woods – to have made more than £71m ($100m) in a single year.
Previously the most £71m+plus earners to appear on one list was three, which was accomplished in 2018, 2019 and 2020.
More to follow…
Seven-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton is one further back on £58m