Although Conor McGregor is not currently one of the most dominant fighters in the UFC, he is one of the most important fighters in the history of mixed martial arts (MMA). His breakthrough into the Octagons was a commercial revolution and last year he became the richest athlete in the world, ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
After learning that he was at the top of the ranking prepared by Forbes magazine, the 32-year-old Irish wrestler decided to celebrate with his family at his luxurious vacation home in Dubai. “Thank you Forbes for recognizing my role as an entrepreneur, it was a dream to lead this list with so many successful athletes! Onward and upward we go”, wrote The Notorious.
The famous UFC fighter posted some images of his celebration, which included golden balloons, whiskey bottles, MMA gloves and a cake with his photo and the caption "the highest paid athlete in the world." His little daughter Croía, who turned 2 years old in January, posed next to scenography.
McGregor finished ahead of the two best footballers in the world, Messi and Cristiano, something that he himself had predicted less than five years ago, when he said that he would outnumber the Portuguese star who now plays for Juventus.
Although he only fought once in 2020, and on top of him he was defeated by Dustin Poirier at UFC 257, he broke records with his extra-sports earnings, which raised his annual income to $ 180 million. In his post he also wrote “Uimhir a Haon”, which means number one in Irish.
The former champion of the leading MMA company also surpassed other great athletes, such as tennis legend Roger Federer and golfer Tiger Woods, who are the only other two athletes who have ever exceeded $ 70 million for their income outside. of their sport.