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UFC Star Conor McGregor Reacts To Beating Cristiano Ronaldo And Lionel Messi As World's Highest-Paid Athlete

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UFC Star Conor McGregor Reacts To Beating Cristiano Ronaldo And Lionel Messi As World's Highest-Paid Athlete

UFC superstar Conor McGregor has admitted that it was a "dream" to be named the highest-paid athlete in the world ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

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McGregor secured a lucrative £15.6m payday from his devastating second-round TKO defeat to Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 in January.

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The future UFC Hall of Famer made the rest of his astonishing earnings from the sale of whiskey brand 'Proper Twelve' and also through his ever-growing endorsement portfolio.

Barcelona captain Messi finished behind McGregor with a whopping £92.4m earnings, while Juventus superstar Ronaldo came third with £85.3m earnings.

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Now, McGregor took to social media to thank Forbes for "recognising my role as an entrepreneur."

The Notorious tweeted to his 8.7m followers: "Baby we did it!! Uimhir a Haon.

"Thank you Forbes for recognizing my role as an entrepreneur! It was a dream to lead this list with so many successful athletes! Onwards and upwards we go."

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According to Forbes, McGregor followed in the footsteps of Roger Federer and Tiger Woods to become only the third athlete to earn more than £49.8m off the field in a year while still active in their respective sport.

The publication said: "Adding in his endorsements, McGregor made $158m [£112.3m] outside of his fighting career over the last 12 months, becoming only the third athlete, after Roger Federer and Tiger Woods, to earn more than $70m [£49.8m] off the field in a single year while still actively competing."

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (£76.4m) and Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James (£68.6m) finished fourth and fifth respectively in the rich list.

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McGregor's No 1 position on the highest earners even led to a clip from 2016 resurfacing online as the Irish star told Ronaldo he would catch him on the rich list.

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Topics: Conor Mcgregor, Lionel Messi, UFC, MMA, Cristiano Ronaldo

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