Conor McGregor tops Forbes’ sporting rich list, beating Messi, Ronaldo, and Hamilton.
Over the past 12 months, Irish UFC superstar Conor McGregor was the highest-paid athlete in sport.
Conor McGregor is one of the highest-paid athletes in the world. That’s according to Forbes, whose annual list of the world’s highest-paid athletes has him at the top after a spectacular 12-month period in which his non-fight earnings dwarfed his hefty fight payout from his loss to Dustin Poirier.
McGregor only fought once in the last 12 months, losing to Poirier in the second round by TKO for a cool $22 million.
However, his financial efforts totaled $158 million, which included the sale of his ownership in the phenomenally successful Proper No. Twelve Irish whiskey and other endorsement and collaboration arrangements, notably with Draft Kings and Roots of Fight.
It awarded McGregor a total of $180 million for the past year, despite the fact that his entire in-competition cage time was only seven minutes and 32 seconds.
Interestingly, McGregor’s out-of-the-cage earnings exceed those of each of the other celebrities on Forbes’ Top 10 list.
Second on the list was Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, who earned $130 million in total during the last year, including $97 million in on-field earnings and an additional $33 million in endorsements and other commercial partnerships.
Cristiano Ronaldo, his longstanding rival, earned $50 million off the field last year, surpassing his previous record.
When combined with his $70 million in on-field earnings, the Juventus and Portugal star is ranked third in Forbes’ Top 10 list.
The NFL was represented on the list, with Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys receiving a total of $107.5 million over the course of his 10-year deal with “America’s Team.”
Prescott earned $97.5 million on the field, making him the highest paid player on the list.
However, his off-field earnings of $10 million place him at No. 4 in the rankings.
For NBA superstar LeBron James, the breakdown between sports and business earnings was markedly different, with $65 million in off-the-court earnings more than double his $31.5 million on-the-court earnings for a total of $96.5 million.
PSG’s best player With total earnings of $95 million, Neymar came in sixth on the list, but the most eye-catching earning differential came at No. 7, with tennis. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”