Forbes: McGregor picks first spot ahead of Messi, Ronaldo

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Conor McGregor, MMA superstar has edged past Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to top Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-paid athletes.

During the 12-month period up to May 1 this year, the Irishman is said to have earned a whopping $180million, though $150m of that came from the sale of a majority stake in his whiskey brand.

Barcelona and Argentina forward Messi was second on the list and set a record as the highest-earning football player after bringing home $130 million while Portugal and Juventus forward Ronaldo earned $120 million to sit third among the top 10 highest-paid athletes.

NFL quarterback Dak Prescott ($107.5 million) of the Dallas Cowboys and four-times NBA champion LeBron James ($96.5 million) rounded out the top five.

 

Tobi Sangotola/sportinglife

 

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