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Forbes rating Conor McGregor throws party to celebrate being named world's highest-paid athlete

Onwards and upwards we go,” McGregor wrote on Instagram.

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Conor McGregor celebrates Forbes Magazine rating. Photo credit: Twitter

Conor McGregor celebrates Forbes Magazine rating. Photo credit: Twitter

Conor McGregor celebrates Forbes Magazine rating. Photo credit: Twitter

MMA fighter Conor McGregor celebrated in style after he was crowned the highest paid athlete in the world by Forbes Magazine.

The UFC star (32) brought in earnings of $180M (€149M) over the last year and beat Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the top spot on the Forbes list.

The achievement called for a celebration, and McGregor’s long-term partner Dee Devlin and their two children, Conor Jr and Croia, threw him a party to mark the occasion.

Dee posted photos of McGregor admiring a bunch of gold balloons with ‘#1’ and ‘Proud of you’ printed on them, as well as a cake with a photo of the MMA legend’s Forbes cover designed in icing.

She captioned her Instagram post: “Success is no accident, it’s hard work. We are so proud of you!!!”

McGregor also shared an Instagram post to celebrate his ranking on the Forbes list, showing off photos of the balloons and cake.

He wrote: “Baby we did it!! Uimhir a haon.

“Thank you Forbes for recognising my role as an entrepreneur! It was a dream to lead this list with so many successful athletes!

“Onwards and upwards we go,” the Dubliner added.

McGregor collected an estimated $22M (€18M) in January for his appearance at UFC 257 where he was knocked out of his first UFC fight in a year by Dustin Poirer.

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His biggest earnings, however, came from his recent sale of his majority stake in whiskey brand Proper No. Twelve to Proximo Spirits for a whopping $150M (€123M).

He is only the third athlete, after Roger Federer and Tiger Woods, to earn more than $70 million off the field in a single year while still actively competing, Forbes said.

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Dee Devlin and Conor McGregor. Photo: @thenotoriousmma/Instagram

Dee Devlin and Conor McGregor. Photo: @thenotoriousmma/Instagram

Dee Devlin and Conor McGregor. Photo: @thenotoriousmma/Instagram

And McGregor is about to earn another special prize soon as partner Dee Devlin prepares to give birth to the couple’s third child in the next few weeks.

The family have been spending some time in Dubai ahead of McGregor’s trilogy fight against American Dustin Poirer in July.

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