SPORTS: Here is the Highest-Paid Athlete in the World in 2021

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Conor McGregor (made $180m in 12 months)

32-year-old Conor McGregor secured 1st place in the list of top 10 Highest Paid Athletes in 2021. McGregor collected a total of $180m in a year and most of that came from his sale of his majority stake in whiskey brand Proper No.12 to Proximo Spirits for $150m.

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and NFL quarterback Dak Prescott also surpassed $100m in total earnings. Basketball star LeBron James was just shy of that amount after he took home $96.5m, a record for NBA players.

Neymar takes 6th place after earning $90m, Roger Federer is 7th with $90m, Lewis Hamilton is 8th with $82m, Tom Brady takes 9th with $76m and Kevin Durant is 10th with $75m.

McGregor became only the third athlete to make more than $70m off the field in a single year. Below are the top 10 Highest Paid Athletes in 2021.

1. Conor McGregor (Mixed Martial Arts) - $180m.

2. Lionel Messi (Soccer) - $130m.

3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Soccer) - $120m.

4. Dak Prescott (American Football) - $107.5m.

5. LeBron James (Basketball) - $96.5m.

6. Neymar (Soccer) - $95m.

7. Roger Federer (Tennis) - $90m.

8. Lewis Hamilton (Formula 1) - $82m.

9. Tom Brady (American Football) - $76m.

10. Kevin Durant (Basketball) - $75m.

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