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The Irish mixed martial artist Conor McGregor has been named number one on Forbes magazine’s list of the world’s top-earning athletes.

The list is compiled annually and is based on the 12 months preceding the publication.

CNN reports that despite the pandemic forcing athletes to take a hiatus for the most of 2020, McGregor still managed to earn $180 million. The majority of his earnings came from the $150 million sale of his majority stake in whiskey brand Proper No. Twelve.

This year marks the 32-year-old’s first appearance at the top of the list.

Football star Lionel Messi came in second with a total earning of $130 million.

Here’s a list of the world’s top-earning athletes over the past 12 months, according to Forbes magazine:


  • Conor McGregor - $180 million
  • Lionel Messi - $130 million
  • Cristiano Ronaldo - $120 million
  • Dak Prescott - $107.5 million
  • LeBron James - $96.5 million
  • Neymar - $95 million
  • Roger Federer - $90 million
  • Lewis Hamilton - $82 million
  • Tom Brady - $76 million
  • Kevin Durant - $75 million

In true Conor McGregor style he took to social media to celebrate the big occasion. He posted a photo of himself on Instagram holding golden balloons and standing next to a cake with the Forbes magazine cover on it. He captioned the photo “Baby we did it!”

No female athletes appeared on the list.

Image credit: Today UK News

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