May 13, 2021 - Sports

Conor McGregor tops Forbes' highest-paid athletes list

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Major U.S. sports leagues took a $13+ billion revenue hit in 2020, but that didn't stop the world's top athletes from earning historic sums of money.

Driving the news: A record four athletes earned more than $100 million in the past year, per Forbes' 2021 calculations, which includes endorsement deals, business ventures and salaries.

  • Topping the list is UFC's Conor McGregor, who earned $180 million, primarily from the sale of his whiskey brand, Proper No. 12.
  • Of note: The 10 highest-paid athletes took home $1.05 billion during the past 12 months, 28% more than last year's top earners and just a few million short of the $1.06 billion record set in 2018.

Top 10:

  1. 🥊 Conor McGregor: $180 million.
  2. ⚽️ Lionel Messi: $130 million.
  3. ⚽️ Cristiano Ronaldo: $120 million.
  4. 🏈 Dak Prescott: $107.5 million.
  5. 🏀 LeBron James: $96.5 million.
  6. ⚽️ Neymar: $95 million.
  7. ğŸŽ¾ Roger Federer: $90 million.
  8. 🏁 Lewis Hamilton: $82 million.
  9. 🏈 Tom Brady: $76 million.
  10. 🏀 Kevin Durant: $75 million.
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