Irish MMA fighter Conor McGregor for the first time became the leader in the ranking of the highest paid athletes in the world. On Wednesday, May 12, according to Forbes.
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It is specified that the income of the fighter over the past year was estimated at $ 180 million. At the same time, he received most of this amount from the sale of a controlling stake in his personal whiskey brand Proper No. Twelve. He received about $ 8 million from advertising contracts, while the fights brought the Irishman $ 22 million.
In second place with an annual income of $ 130 million was the footballer of Barcelona and the Argentina national team Lionel Messi, in the third place is the player of Juventus and the Portuguese national team Cristiano Ronaldo, who earned $ 120 million in a year.
The fourth place in the list was taken by the American football player Dak 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 football player Neymar ($95 million), Swiss tennis player Roger Federer ($90 million) – he topped the rating last year, English Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton ($82 million), American football player Tom Brady ($76 million) and American basketball player Kevin Durant ($75 million).
At the same time, the combined income of the 10 highest paid sports stars in the world exceeded $ 1 billion over the past year, which is almost 30% more than the top 10 athletes last year.
On April 6, it was reported that Forbes published the 35th annual ranking of the richest people in the world. There are 123 Russian billionaires on the list, up from 102 in 2019. The ranking is still topped by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, whose fortune grew by $64 billion over the year to $177 billion.