Popular UFC Fighter Beats Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Others to Become World’s Richest Athlete

Popular UFC Fighter Beats Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Others to Become World’s Richest Athlete

- Conor McGregor overtakes Ronaldo, Messi, and Hamilton to become the most-paid athlete

- American business magazine Forbes declared the Irish UFC fighter the highest earner among fellow sportsmen

- McGregor recently expressed his desires to buy Premier League outfit Manchester United

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UFC fighter Conor McGregor is now the world's highest-paid athlete in the world according to the new stats provided by Forbes.

The 32-year-old Irish businessman beats the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Lewis Hamilton to attain this new height.

McGregor was said to have made revenue to the tune of £106 million ($150m) from the sales of his whiskey brand Proper 12 to Proximo Spirits, and also earned £15.5 million ($22m) from his sporting endeavors.

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He also has a number of product endorsement deals on his revenue generation list including the Monster Energy logo he wears on his fight shorts.

Conor McGregor beats Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to be named world's richest athlete
Conor McGregor throwing a punch at Dustin Poirier during their UFC 257 fight inside Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi. Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC
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The Mirror reports that this is the third time an athlete has made more than £49.5 million ($70m) away from the actual sport they actively compete in, with tennis star Roger Federer and golfing icon Tiger Woods the other two to break that limit.

Apart from McGregor, the top 10 list has three other athletes who have made a staggering $100 million since the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

Multiple award winners Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo join McGregor in the hundred club - same as NFL quarterback Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys.

The list is rounded out by NBA star LeBron James, PSG footballer Neymar, tennis legend Roger Federer, F1 star Sir Lewis Hamilton, Super Bowl-winning Tom Brady and Brooklyn Nets' Kevin Durant.

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Legit.ng earlier reported that UFC fighter Conor McGregor has declared his interest in acquiring Premier League club Manchester United, saying he thinks he could do big things, SunSport reports.

The Irishman with Scottish heritage announced via his verified Twitter handle he is ready to become the new owner of the English club.

This is coming in the wake of protests by fans against the club for their role in the now-defunct European Super League.

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