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The Top 50 Highest-Paid Athletes In The World Have Been Named

Adnan Riaz

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The Top 50 Highest-Paid Athletes In The World Have Been Named

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Conor McGregor comfortably secured his place as the highest-paid athlete in the world in 2020 ahead of Barcelona captain Lionel Messi and Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

The UFC superstar made his long-awaited MMA return in 2020 as he stopped Donald Cerrone in stunning fashion at UFC 246.


However, McGregor's UFC comeback run was dealt a major blow in January as Dustin Poirier sealed a sensational second-round TKO win at UFC 257.

The 32-year-old Irishman will be aiming to avenge his defeat to MMA rival Poirier when the pair complete their trilogy showdown at UFC 264 on 10th July.

Despite McGregor's limited appearances inside the octagon since 2020, the Notorious secured a hefty $28m in fight earnings.

But Sportico has revealed that the future UFC Hall of Famer's overall earnings came in a staggering $208m, a whopping $180m which came through endorsements.

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McGregor's ventures outside of the octagon included his former stake in whiskey brand Proper No Twelve, which he sold in a deal worth up to an eye-watering £430m in April.

Finishing a distant second to McGregor was Messi, who earned a whopping $126m through his football earnings and endorsements.

Posted below are the top 50 highest-paid athletes in the world over the last 12 months, according to Sportico.

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50. Paul Pogba ($34.4m)

48. John Wall ($34.5m)

= JJ Watt ($34.5m)

47. Jimmy Butler ($34.8m)

46. Matt Judon ($35m)

45. Deshaun Watson ($35.4m)

44. Serena Williams ($35.5m)

43. Mohamed Salah ($36.1m)

41. Shaquil Barrett ($36.2m)

= Chris Jones ($36.2m)

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39. Francisco Lindor ($36.6m)

= Anthony Davis ($36.6m)

38. Paul George ($37m)

37. Marlon Humphrey ($37.3m)

36. Leonard Williams ($38.8m)

35. Andres Iniesta ($39m)

34. DeAndre Hopkins ($39.5m)

33. Kylian Mbappe ($40.1m)

32. Chris Paul ($40.2m)

31. Damian Lillard ($40.4m)

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30. Antoine Griezmann ($40.6m)

29. Dustin Johnson ($40.8m)

28. Gareth Bale ($41.9m)

27. Jalen Ramsey ($42.6m)

26. Myles Garrett ($42.8m)

25. Trent Williams ($42.9m)

24. Kyrie Irving ($43.2m)

23. Klay Thompson ($43.3m)

22. Joey Bosa ($43.8m)

21. Phil Mickelson ($46.1m)

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20. Patrick Mahomes ($46.5m)

19. Ronnie Stanley ($47.2m)

18. David Bakhtiari ($48.2m)

17. Giannis Antetokounmpo ($49.2m)

16. James Harden ($51.1m)

15. Naomi Osaka ($55.2m)

14. Russell Westbrook ($61.1m)

13. Tiger Woods ($62.2m)

12. Canelo Alvarez ($63m)

11. Lewis Hamilton ($64m)

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10. Stephen Curry ($74.5m)

9. Kevin Durant ($80.1m)

8. Tom Brady ($80.4m)

7. Roger Federer ($84m)

6. Neymar ($100m)

5. LeBron James ($101.8m)

4. Dak Prescott ($108.4m)

3. Cristiano Ronaldo ($120m)

2. Lionel Messi ($126m)

1. Conor McGregor ($208m)

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Topics: Conor Mcgregor, Tom Brady, roger federer, Neymar, Lionel Messi, UFC, lebron james, MMA, Cristiano Ronaldo

Adnan Riaz
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