Conor McGregor Breaks Into Forbes Top 5 Highest Paid Athletes List

Conor McGregor Money

UFC superstar Conor McGregor has broken into the top 5 of Forbest annual Highest Paid Athlete list for 2018, which has just been released on the site.

With a whopping $99 million in overall earnings over the past year, ‘The Notorious’ claimed the No.4 spot on the list, just below the 3rd placed soccer icon Cristiano Ronaldo who banked $108 million.

Another soccer player, Lionel Messi claimed the No.2 spot with $111 million, while eclipsing everyone by a wide margin was McGregor’s rival in the squared circle, Floyd Mayweather, who earned a jaw-dropping $285 million.

Here’s what Forbes had to say about McGregor’s earnings over the past year.

“McGregor banked an estimated $85 million for the fight, more than five times his previous top paycheck. The fight had 4.3 million PPV buys and generated more than $550 million in revenue. The Irishman signed a slew of deals over the past 12 months with the buzz around the Mayweather fight. His current partners are Burger King, Beats by Dre, Monster Energy, David August, BSN, Anheuser-Busch, HiSmile and Betsafe. He also has a residency deal with the Wynn Las Vegas for all of his afterparties, and his digital properties, Conor McGregor FAST Program, MacMoji App, MacTalk App and the Mac Life, also generate cash.”

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