Despite a worldwide pandemic, 4 athletes raked in additional than $100 million in earnings over the previous yr, led by UFC star Conor McGregor.
In Forbes’ annual list of the highest-paid athletes, McGregor leads the way in which at $180 million, a lot of which the journal notes comes from his sale of his majority stake in whiskey model Proper No. Twelve. That sale helped him turn out to be simply the third energetic athlete, after Roger Federer and Tiger Woods, to earn greater than $70 million in a single yr from exterior actions.
(McGregor made the highest 10 as soon as earlier than, in 2018, after his pay-per-view combat towards boxer Floyd Mayweather.)
Longtime soccer rivals Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo waged one more spirited competitors for second place with Messi popping out on prime at $130 million. However, Ronaldo had the sting in off-field earnings, which accounted for $50 million of his $120 million whole.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was the ultimate member of the $100 million membership, raking in a complete of $107.5 million — due largely to the $66 million signing bonus contained in his new four-year contract extension.
The NBA’s LeBron James, soccer’s Neymar and perennial favourite Federer all topped the $90 million mark. Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton, Super Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady and NBA All-Star Kevin Durant rounded out the highest 10.
Forbes’ highest-paid athletes
(May 1, 2020 to May 1, 2021)
1. Conor McGregor (UFC) $180 million
2. Lionel Messi (soccer), $130 million
3. Cristiano Ronaldo (soccer), $120 million
4. Dak Prescott (NFL), $107.5 million
5. LeBron James (NBA), $96.5 million
6. Neymar (soccer), $95 million
7. Roger Federer (tennis), $90 million
8. Lewis Hamilton (F1), $82 million
9. Tom Brady (NFL), $76 million
10. Kevin Durant (NBA), $75 million