Irish MMA superstar Conor McGregor became the world’s most highly-paid athlete over the last 12 months ahead of football stars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, according to Forbes.
released their list of the top-10 highest-paid athletes in 2021 with
topping the list outright for the first time.
McGregor’s business ventures, including the sale of his stake in the Proper No. Twelve Irish whiskey and his numerous endorsement and partnership deals, including with Draft Kings and Roots of Fight, amounted to a colossal $158 million.
It gave McGregor, whose total in-competition cage time over the past 12 months amounted to just seven minutes, 32 seconds, a total figure of $180m for the past year.
Second on the list wasBarcelona
and Argentina strikerLionel Messi
, who banked $97m in on-the-field earnings over the past year, with an additional $33m in endorsements and other business deals to amount to a total figure of $130m.
That off-the-field number was beaten by his longtime rival,Cristiano Ronaldo
, who earned $50 million away from the pitch last year.
Added to his on-the-field earnings of $70 million, that put the Juventus and Portugal ace in third place in Forbes' Top 10 list.
, four-times NBA champion
, PSG and Brazil forward
, 20-time tennis Grand Slam champion
, seven-time F1 championship winner
, Tampa Bay Buccaneers'
, and Brooklyn Nets'
made up the rest of the top-10 list.