Conor McGregor falls out of Forbes’ top 10 list of wealthy athletes

Conor McGregor has fallen out of Forbes’ top 10 list of the sporting rich.

Despite forecasting to break the billionaire dollar mark in a separate analysis later this year, the Notorious has eclipsed its inclusion in the list of the world’s biggest earing sports over the past 12 months.

Lionel Messi has taken the top spot with the PSG star beating LeBron James and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Messi bagged $130 million last year in the 12 months ended May 1, 2022, with nearly half of that coming through endorsements.

The year before, the Argentine icon finished second behind Conor McGregor, who has not fought in the UFC since last summer when he broke his leg at the Dustin Poirier.

His time spent in recovery has taken a toll on his earnings, leaving LeBron second on the list after earning $121 million, beating his $96.5 million from the previous year.

Ronaldo, third, earned $115m after securing a return to Manchester United last summer.

Brazil and PSG star Messi’s teammate Neymar ($95m) and three-time NBA champion Stephen Curry ($92.8m) from the Golden State Warriors rounded out the top five.

NBA player Kevin Durant ($92 million) was sixth, while Swiss tennis star Roger Federer, who played five tournaments in 2021 before knee surgery cut short his season, was third with total earnings of $90.7 million.

The bottom three spots on the list went to Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez ($90 million), seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady ($83.9 million) and reigning NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo ($80.9 million).

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This time last year, McGregor was celebrating in style after being crowned the highest-paid athlete in the world by Forbes Magazine.

The UFC star, 32, earned $180 million last year beating Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the top spot on the Forbes list.

The success had to be celebrated, and McGregor’s longtime partner Dee Devlin and their two children, Conor Jr. and Croia, threw him a party to mark the occasion.

Dee posted photos of McGregor admiring a bunch of gold balloons with the words “#1” and “Proud of you” printed on them, as well as a cake with a photo of the MMA legend’s Forbes cover decorated with icing.

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She captioned her Instagram post: “Success is no accident, it’s hard work. We are so proud of you!!!”

McGregor also shared an Instagram post to celebrate his spot on the Forbes list, featuring photos of the balloons and cake.

He wrote: “Baby we did it!! Uimhir a haon.

“Thank you Forbes for recognizing my role as an entrepreneur! It was a dream to top this list with so many successful athletes!

“Onwards and upwards is the way,” added the Dubliner.

McGregor raised an estimated $22 million for his appearance at UFC 257 in January, where he was kicked out of his first UFC fight in a year by Dustin Poirer.

However, his biggest earnings came from the recent sale of his controlling interest in whiskey brand Proper No. Twelve to Proximo Spirits for a whopping $150 million (€123 million).

He is only the third athlete, after Roger Federer and Tiger Woods, to have earned more than $70 million off the field in a single year while still actively competing, Forbes said.

Despite falling down the Forbes list, McGregor was poised to achieve his personal goal of becoming a billionaire by the age of 35, a top US sports analyst claimed last week.

In 2020, the now 33-year-old fighter told ESPN he believed he would be a billionaire by 35.

However, it looks like he’ll beat his own prediction by at least a year as it looks like he’ll break into the billionaire bracket with his 34th birthday in July.

Andrew Petcash, a sports entrepreneur and former Division 1 basketball player at Boston University, detailed how Notorious is turning the big financial corner in a series of tweets.

“Conor McGregor, ‘The Notorious One,’ excels in both business and sport,” summarizes Petcash. “In his words, fighting is his ‘third income.’

“With his smart business moves, he is well-equipped to achieve his personal goal of becoming a billionaire by the age of 35.” Conor McGregor falls out of Forbes’ top 10 list of wealthy athletes

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