The best paid athlete in 2021
1. Conor McGregor: $180 million
2. Lionel Messi: $130 million
3. Cristiano Ronaldo: $120 million
4. Dak Prescott: $107.5 million
5. LeBron James: $96.5 million
6. Neymar: $95 million
7. Roger Federer: $90 million
8. Lewis Hamilton: $82 million
9. Tom Brady: $76 million
10. Kevin Durant: $75 million
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The best paid athlete in 2021

He is neither an internationally famous soccer player nor does he play tennis or golf. He also doesn't participate in the NBA or in the baseball or American football leagues. The best paid athlete of 2021 practices a contact sport in the ring and, yes, according to the prestigious Forbes list, he's the number one of this year. Who is it?

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1. Conor McGregor: $180 million

The mixed martial arts champion climbs to No. 1 in the Forbes ranking at a time in which the pandemic is affecting the fortunes of many athletes. While competitions and advertising campaigns have been suspended, McGregor resisted. For one, he has made money by selling his stake in the whiskey brand Proper No. Twelve.

Who's number 2 on the list?

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2. Lionel Messi: $130 million

The Argentine-born soccer star continues to earn a lot of money. According to some chroniclers, he is the best footballer in history, with the permission of Pelé and Maradona. Of course, this FC Barcelona player is a money machine for advertisers on TV and social media.

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3. Cristiano Ronaldo: $120 million

Another football star who makes tons of money. Is he as cool as Messi? Some dispute it. Still, Ronaldo's personal brand is among the most powerful - just remember what happened when he refused to drink cola at a press conference! Companies will continue to fight for him as their ambassador.

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4. Dak Prescott: $107.5 million

This American Football talent managed to raise more than one hundred million dollars in the last twelve months. Prescott is now the most profitable athlete in the American sport.

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5. LeBron James: $96.5 million

He's below the magical 100-million mark but very close. LeBron James is still flying high.

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6. Neymar: $95 million

Brazilian soccer player Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior is not exactly going through his best sporting moment, but he's still an icon for the fans. Thanks to different advertising contracts, the athlete continues to generate millions and millions.

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7. Roger Federer: $90 million

Roger Federer is a historic athlete with many records. His income is the envy of all near-millionaires about to turn 40.

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8. Lewis Hamilton: $82 million

The Formula 1 driver remains in shape as far as income is concerned. He's still in the Top 10.

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9. Tom Brady: $76 million

And here we have another icon of American Football. He's a lucky guy in many ways, and his earnings gave him the ninth spot in the 2021 Forbes list.

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10. Kevin Durant: $75 million

In tenth position on the Forbes list is NBA idol Kevin Durant with a respectable 75 million dollars.

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