Conor McGregor edges Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to top Forbes athletes rich list

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MMA superstar Conor McGregor has edged out Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to top Forbes’ list of the world’s highest paid athletes.

During the 12-month period up to May 1 this year, the Irishman is said to have earned a whopping $180million, though $150m of that came from the sale of a majority stake in his whiskey brand.

Barcelona and Argentina forward Messi was second on the list and set a record as the highest-earning soccer player after bringing home $130 million while Portugal and Juventus forward Ronaldo earned $120 million to sit third among the top 10 highest-paid athletes.

NFL quarterback Dak Prescott ($107.5 million) of the Dallas Cowboys and four-times NBA champion LeBron James ($96.5 million) rounded out the top five.

Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton was the only Brit to make the top 10 list, coming in eighth, while no female sports stars made the cut.

Forbes said its on-the-field earnings figures include all prize money, salaries and bonuses earned during the 12-month period while off-the-field earnings are an estimate of sponsorship deals, appearance fees and licensing income.

Additional reporting by Reuters.

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