Irish MMA fighter Conor McGregor for the first time became the leader of the ranking of the highest paid athletes in the world. It was reported by Forbes on Wednesday, May 12.
It is specified that the income of the fighter for the past year was estimated at $ 180 million, and the most part of this amount he received from the sale of the controlling interest in his personal brand of whiskey Proper No. Twelve. About $8 million he got from advertising contracts, fights brought the Irishman $22 million.
Footballer of Barcelona and Argentina Lionel Messi is in the second place with $ 130 million, in the third place – the player of Juventus and Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo, who earned $ 120 million for the year.
Fourth place in the list took American footballer Duck Prescott – his annual income exceeded $ 100 million. The athlete plays for the Dallas Cowboys, which is the most expensive sports club in the world.
Also in the top ten highest-paid athletes are American basketball player LeBron James ($96.5 million), Brazilian soccer player Neymar ($95 million), Swiss tennis player Roger Federer ($90 million) – he topped the rating last year, English Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton ($82 million), American soccer player Tom Brady ($76 million) and American basketball player Kevin Durant ($75 million).
At the same time, the total income of the top 10 highest-paid stars in the sports world exceeded $1 billion last year, which is almost 30% more than the top 10 athletes last year.