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mma-ega bucks Conor McGregor knocks out competition to become world’s highest-paid sports star

Dubliner now outranks other top-tier global names such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo


Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor has fought his way to the top of the list of the world’s highest-paid sports stars. 

The Dubliner now outranks other top-tier global names such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the money he made in the last 12 months, according to the influential Forbes Magazine.

According to the magazine, the UFC fighter from Crumlin made a whopping $180 million (148 million euro) over the past year, placing him on top of the pile.

“This year, McGregor lands the winning punch, having leveraged his unmatched popularity in mixed martial arts to build a lucrative hustle outside UFC’s Octagon,” the magazine writes.

“The brash McGregor collected a total of $180 million over the last 12 months; most of that comes from his recent sale of his majority stake in whiskey brand Proper No. Twelve to Proximo Spirits for $150 (123 euro) million.”

The magazine notes that it’s the 32-year-old’s first time at number one and his second appearance in the top ten, after he hit the number four spot in 2018 with a $99 million (81 million euro) haul after the fight against Mayweather.

“McGregor clearly wants to put his money to work even beyond booze: He has floated the far-fetched notion of buying Manchester United, the Premier League’s most valuable team, in recent tweet,” the magazine adds.

According to Forbes, when endorsements are added, McGregor made $158 million (130 million euro) outside of his fighting career over the last 12 months.

This makes him only the third athlete, after Roger Federer and Tiger Woods, to earn more than $70 million (57 million euro) off the field in a single year while still actively competing.

Lionel Messi came second on Forbes’ list of highest-paid athletes with earnings of $130 million (107 million euro)

Fellow footballer Cristiano Ronaldo came third with $120 million (98 million euro).

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