Reputable Forbes has dropped the list of the 10 highest-paid athletes in the world, and at the very top of it is the currently most famous face of MMA, the popular Irishman Conor McGregor. All of the world’s top 10 highest-paid athletes have earned at least $ 75 million, which hasn’t happened once since 1990 since Forbes began tracking athletes ’earnings.
In addition, this year's list, which includes earnings from the previous 12 months, is special because it set a record for income earned off the field, and with as many as four athletes who strengthened their bank account with more than 100 million, another record was set.
Combined, the 10 highest-earning athletes pocketed $ 1.05 trillion, up 28 percent from those on the same list last year. The record is, let us remind you, with 1.06 trillion still in 2018, in which the boxing icon Floyd Mayweather Jr.
I earned 285 million of which almost all came from his match with Conor McGregor. McGregor leads in the most recent list with as many as 180 million, of which 158 he earned outside the cage. Most of Conor's income came from the sale of a stake in whiskey called Proper No.
Twelve. Proximo Spirits, the company that took over his stake, reportedly set aside as much as $ 150 million for the business move.
Names on the list
As for performances and earnings 'on the field', or in this case - in a cage, we only saw the famous Irishman in action once in the last 12 months, at UFC 257, where he was knocked out by American Dustin Poirier.
The total earnings that McGregor put away in seven minutes and 32 seconds in the cage, according to Forbes estimates, to some 22 million. In second place was Lionel Messi. The Barcelona star earned a high 130 million in the period from May 1, 2020, to May 1, 2021, or 10 more than the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, who placed third.
Fourth place went to Dak Prescott ($ 107.5 million), an NFL player who defends the colors of the Dallas Cowboys, and the TOP five closes with NBA icon LeBron James ($ 96.5 million). Interestingly, tennis player Roger Federer was in seventh place with $ 90 million, although he was absent for most of that period due to injury.
The Swiss earned almost the entire amount off the field (sponsors, licenses ...). Although football is currently the leading sport in the world, it seems that the UFC is becoming more and more popular, and that it is very profitable to be a UFC fighter in terms of earnings.