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Conor McGregor tops Forbes annual athletes rich list



Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor tops Forbes annual athletes rich list

Conor McGregor made the most money of any athlete over the last twelve months according to Forbes’ annual athlete rich list.

The Irishman made an unsuccessful UFC return after being defeated by Dustin Poirier in January 2021, after coming out of retirement a third time.

This is McGregor’s second appearance on the list after being named fourth in 2018 following his fight with Floyd Mayweather.

McGregor made $178 million throughout 2020, although the majority of his wealth was generated off the field.

His business portfolio consists of a whisky company, a video game franchise, a sports gambling outlet and a lifestyle brand, this cumulated in making a staggering $158 million away from competitive action.

In doing so McGregor became only the third athlete, to earn more than $70m off the field in a single year while still actively competing.

Remarkable footballing duo Lionel Messi ($130 million) and Cristiano Ronaldo ($120 million) find themselves in second and third place respectively, with the majority of the former’s income being made up on the field.

Whereas Ronaldo’s various business ventures saw a greater balance in revenue made on and off the field.

American stars Dak Prescott ($107.5 million) and LeBron James ($96.5 million) are next on the list with Neymar ($95 million) slightly behind the duo.

Roger Federer ($90 million) is the only tennis star who appears on the list, whilst Lewis Hamilton ($82 million) is not only the solitary Formula One racer on the list but also the only Englishman to appear.

The evergreen Tom Brady sneaks onto the list with a value of $76 million, and he is joined by Brooklyn Nets man Kevin Durant with a value of $75 million.


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Matthew Smith is a passionate sports fan and student with a strong ambition to break into the sports media industry, with his expertise lying in football and cricket. Having received an unconditional offer to study Sports Business & Broadcasting at UCFB Etihad Campus in September 2020, Matt is continuing to improve the range and quality of his sports content. He created, produces and hosts the cricketing podcast Caught and Bowled, produces Football Manger 2021 content on his YouTube channel “mattfm” and currently writes for WBAReport. As a long-suffering West Bromwich Albion fan Matt has been through the highs and lows of supporting his team whilst also witnessing landmark moments in English cricket such as the first time England passed 400 in an ODI fixture at Edgbaston in 2015 and Jimmy Anderson‘s record 11th wicket partnership with Joe Root against India in 2014.


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