Conor McGregor has successfully made it to the top of Fobes’ highest-paid athlete list. Additionally, Conor beat the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Lewis Hamilton to achieve the feat.
McGregor reportedly made $180million (£127.75m) in the past year. Conor owes a large part to the sale of his whiskey brand Proper 12 to Proximo Spirits for £106 million ($150 million). Moreover, ‘The Notorious also made £15.5 million ($22 million) from his sporting activities.
Notably, McGregor ranks above his long-time friend Cristiano Ronaldo (#3), who racked up $120 million last year. Previously, Ronaldo ranked #2, behind only Tennis legend, Roger Federer. Federer, Woods, and McGregor are the only athletes to earn upwards of $70 million from their off-field endeavors.
Conor McGregor is the world's highest-paid athlete, according to Forbes 💰 pic.twitter.com/kKqZNZ7cQ4
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Although Conor lost to Dustin Poirier via KO/TKO at UFC 257 this year, he still managed to pocket $22million from the fight. McGregor has also upped his game in terms of product endorsements. He has added DraftKings, the video game Dystopia: Contest of Heroes, and the lifestyle brand Roots of Fight to his portfolio.
Previously, Conor also did campaigns with Burger King. Moreover, he has also acquired a lucrative deal to wear Monster Energy’s logo on his fight shorts. Interestingly, Conor claims to be interested in acquiring shares of Manchester United and Celtic Football Club as well.
What’s Next for Conor McGregor?
Currently, Conor McGregor is preparing for his trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier on July 10 at UFC 264. After beating Poirier at UFC 178, ‘The Notorious’ succumbed to a KO/TKO loss in the UFC 257 rematch. As a result, Conor will be keen not to lose, as it would tarnish his legacy as one of the UFC’s greatest.
Moreover, Conor is keen to continue growing his Proper Twelve Whiskey business. “What I have in store for you all will not only take Proper Twelve to the absolute pinnacle of Irish whiskey but of all spirits!” he says. As such, he is showing no signs of slowing down and remains intent on holding his position.
After winning the trilogy with Dustin, McGregor will once again look to put forth his case for the lightweight title. Following the events of UFC 262, Conor could well be facing Michael Chandler or Charles Oliveira for the title.
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