Conor Mcgregor beats away the earnings of Messi and Ronaldo in 2021

Back in 2016 Conor Mcgregor, a former plumber’s apprentice, told Cristiano Ronaldo that one day he would leapfrog him as the richest sportsman in the world.

Five years later and the promise McGregor, 33, made came true as he rose to the top of theForbes highest-paid athlete rankings for 2021.

McGregor was comfortably the highest-earning athlete in the world last year, batting away the regular top dogs of Ronaldo and his nemesis Lionel Messi.

The two footballing giants came in with earnings of $120million (£95.6million) and $130million (£103.6million) respectively. Enormous, yes, but a long way off the astonishing takings of Notorious himself.

The man from Ireland was comfortably the world’s biggest earner in the world of sports last year, but just how much did he really take home?

What is Conor McGregor’s net worth?

According to the rankings from Forbes, Conor McGregor made an enormous $180million (£143million) in 2021.

Speaking to Forbes he said: “It’s been a long time coming, and I’ve been waiting on the call, to be honest.

"I’m glad I pipped Ronaldo this year”.

This didn't all come from his warring in the octagon though, fighting just twice that year. In his second fight against Dustin Poirier Notorious lost by technical knockout and suffered a broken leg, although did still took home a huge $22 million (£17.5million).

Instead, most of his enormous pile of cash came from efforts outside of the sporting realm.

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McGregor sold his whiskey brand, Proper No. 12, to Proximo Spirits. The deal itself was claimed by CBS Sports to be worth in the region of $600million (£478million), meaning Conor likely took home many 10s of millions.

According to Forbes, McGregor will have supplemented this income with his sponsorship deals which include DraftKings, the videogame Dystopia: Contest of Heroes and a lifestyle brand called Roots of Fight.

McGregor has existed at the top end of the earnings scale in the fight sports world for some time now.

In 2017, that world was sent into a frenzy when Mcgregor took to the ring to fight the 11-time five-division champion Floyd Mayweather Jr in a battle scheduled to last 12 rounds.

McGregor lost the fight and Mayweather extended his unbeaten record to 50 wins, but it’s unlikely the Irishman minded too much.

McGregor secured a disclosed guaranteed paycheck of $30million (£24million) for his loss by technical knockout in the 10th round.

The fight was the second highest-selling pay-per-view fight in history at around 4.3million sales, with Mayweather securing an enormous guaranteed paycheck of $100million (£80million).

These enormous piles of cash are more than most of us could ever dream of.

However, it was later reported by numerous outlets that the fight's purse was actually substantially larger.

It's believed Mayweather took home an estimated $280million (£223million) and Mcgregor $130 (£103.6). He himself has stated he got $100million for his efforts, according to talkSPORT.

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