The Irishman earned $180 million, mainly as a result of the sale of his controlling stake in his whisky brand Proper No. Twelve for a reported $600 million.
According to Forbes, he has become only the third athlete to earn more than $70 million off the field in a single year whilst still actively competing.
It is the first time ‘Notorious’ has topped the list. Indeed, his name wasn’t in the top ten last year (he came in 16th with $48m earnings) with tennis star Roger Federer taking the top spot.
And footage has resurfaced from 2016 showing McGregor predicting that he would one day catch Ronaldo on the list.
McGregor tells him: “You’re number one on the Forbes list, I was like number 35. I’ll get up!”
“Maybe next year I’ll get you!”, he adds, before Ronaldo replies: “I’ll get you!”
And McGregor’s words certainly rung true today, as he was announced as the highest-paid athlete for the year – overtaking the Portuguese icon in the process.
Ronaldo himself earned $120 million this year, compared to $105 million that he earned according to the 2020 Forbes rankings.
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