Despite only fighting once in 2020 and losing that fight, Irish MMA star Conor McGregor has been named Forbes’ highest-paid athlete ahead of the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
The majority of 32-year-old McGregor's revenue has come from ventures beyond the Octagon, which includes an array of endorsement deals. According to Forbes, McGregor made a total of $180 million in 2020.
Football's representatives in the latest Forbes top ten highest-paid athletes are Lionel Messi (who made $130 million in 2020 with $97 million coming “on the field”), Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar.
🏦 Highest-paid athletes in 2020 via Forbes
- 🥊 Conor McGregor - $180m
- ⚽️ Lionel Messi - $130m
- ⚽️ Cristiano Ronaldo - $120m
- 🏈 Dak Prescott - $107.5m
- 🏀 LeBron James - $96.5m
- ⚽️ Neymar - $95m
- 🎾 Roger Federer - $90m
- 🏎 Lewis Hamilton - $82m
- 🏈 Tom Brady - $76m
- 🏀 Kevin Durant - $75m
Cristiano Ronaldo recently struck his 100th goal for Juventus, meaning that he's reached a century of goals for three different clubs and the Portugal national team.
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