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Home   /   Conor McGregor becomes this year’s highest paid athlete, according to Forbes’ annual athlete rich list.

The Irish fighting superstar made £128m over the year.

McGregor made £15.6m in his only UFC fight of the year, a knockout loss to Dustin Poirier. His off-field earnings result from the sale of his whiskey brand in April.

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Cristiano Ronaldo (£92m) and Lionel Messi (£85m) have been in the top 10 together since 2012. Ronaldo was first listed in 2010.

Dak Prescott (£76.5m) was not listed in the top 60 last year, but a contract extension with a £47m signing bonus with the Dallas Cowboys gives the American footballer the highest on-field earnings this year. 

McGregor sold his majority stake in Proper No. Twelve in a deal worth over £400m.

McGregor reacted on social media, saying: “A huge step for Proper No. Twelve today as we now forge ahead to the next phase of our company’s history!”

Last year’s highest earner, Roger Federer, ranks seventh this year. The tennis star was injured throughout the year with his £64m earnings coming solely from sponsorships.  

Lewis Hamilton (£58.5m) is the only British athlete in the top 10. The seven-time Formula 1 Champion recently signed a new contract with Mercedes, with a rumoured pay cut.

Forbes’ Rich List RankingName of AthleteEarnings (£ – million)Sport
1Conor McGregor128Mixed Martial Arts
2Lionel Messi92Football
3Cristiano Ronaldo85Football
4Dak Prescott76.5American Football
5LeBron James68.5Basketball
7Roger Federer64Tennis
8Lewis Hamilton58.5Formula 1
9Tom Brady54American Football
10Kevin Durant53.5Basketball

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