The Irish fighter Conor McGregor was the athlete with the highest income during the last year, thanks mainly to the sale of his brand of whiskey, surpassing the footballers Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, according to the list published this Friday by Forbes magazine.
McGregor, 32, a great star of mixed martial arts, earned a total of 180 million dollars in the last 12 months after having sold his majority stake in the whiskey brand “Proper No.12” to the Mexican multinational. Becle for about 150 million dollars.
This is the first time that the fighter is at the top of the Forbes list, which last year was led by tennis player Roger Federer.
Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo continue on the podium, who during the last year earned 130 and 120 million dollars respectively.
The Barcelona star earned $97 million for his work on the pitch, according to Forbes, to which is added another 33 million earned off the field through sponsorship contracts with various brands, including Germany’s Adidas.
The “top ten” is completed this year by American football player Dak Prescott (107.5 million dollars), NBA star LeBron James (96.5 million), Brazilian soccer player Neymar (95 million), Federer (90 million), driver Lewis Hamilton (82 million), quarterback Tom Brady (76 million) and basketball player Kevin Durant (75 million).
In the complete list, which includes 50 sports figures, the Spanish Andrés Iniesta appears, in 48th position and with an income of 34 million dollars in the last year.
Only two women appear on the list: tennis players Naomi Osaka, in 12th place with $60 million, and Serena Williams, in 28th with $41.5 million.
In total, eight sports are represented on the list, led by American football, which places 18 players in the top 50, thanks to several new entries this year, and lower-income for NBA stars due to the effects of the pandemic.
Added together, the income of those fifty athletes touched the 2,800 million dollars, a new record and a figure 16% higher than last year.