CONOR MCGREGOR has dropped out of the top 10 highest-paid athletes, a year after topping the table.
Last year, McGregor topped the list with earnings of $180m.
The Dubliner has not fought since breaking his leg against Dustin Poirier and stepping up his comeback ever since.
The UFC fighters place at the top has been overtaken by Paris Saint Germain star Lionel Messi ($130million).
Forbes estimates that Messi’s salary is down some $22 million from his final year with Barcelona to $75 million this season at PSG
Lionel #Messi back at number one of #Forbes list of highest-paid athletes, after coming in second behind Conor McGregor last year, with the same total earnings of $130 million.#LionelMessi pic.twitter.com/RH0cPdHbQ8 — TOI Sports (@toisports) May 12, 2022
Lionel #Messi back at number one of #Forbes list of highest-paid athletes, after coming in second behind Conor McGregor last year, with the same total earnings of $130 million.#LionelMessi pic.twitter.com/RH0cPdHbQ8
— TOI Sports (@toisports) May 12, 2022
A major boost in endorsements helps him equal the record 12-month total for a soccer player he posted last year, when he finished No. 2 to McGregor.
Lebron James, the LA Lakers basketballers came second ($121.2m), while.
Manchester United legend Cristiano Ronaldo ($115m) closes out the top three.
The only boxer on the list is Mexican Canelo Alvarez with a net worth of ($80million) at No.8.
Tyson Fury, the heavyweight champion, and former holder of that title Anthony Joshua surprisingly do not make the list.
The rest of the top 10 includes Neymar ($95m), Stephen Curry ($92.8m), Kevin Durrant ($92.1m), Roger Federer ($90.7m), Tom Brady ($83.9m) and Giannis Antetokounmpo ($80.9m).
Forbes said its on-the-field earnings figures include all prize money, salaries and bonuses earned during the 12-month period while off-field earnings are an estimate of sponsorship deals, appearance fees and licensing income.
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