2021 prime earner Conor McGregor as soon as once more absent from Forbes' richest athletes record

by Christina S. Brown
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Three years after topping Forbes’ record of the world’s richest athletes, Conor McGregor is nowhere to be discovered on the 2024 chart for the second straight yr.

McGregor had been the lone MMA fighter to make the record beginning in 2016 and had been a mainstay within the prime 25 till 2023.

In 2021, McGregor, a former UFC two-division champion, was the highest athlete on the long-published monetary journal’s annual record with $180 million. Forbes reported that $22 million of that got here from preventing, however a whopping $158 million was from endorsements, excess of anybody else on the chart, and round $150 million of that haul was when he bought his share in Correct No. Twelve.

In 2022, McGregor dropped to twenty second on the record at a reported $52 million. Solely Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott had a extra dramatic drop that yr when he went from No. 4 to 69. Earlier than he topped the 2021 record, McGregor was sixteenth in 2020, twenty first in 2019, 4th in 2018, twenty fourth in 2017 and eighty fifth in 2016.

It’d come as little shock that the Irishman stayed off the record once more this yr. He most just lately fought almost three years in the past, when he misplaced for the third time in 4 fights and broke his leg in opposition to Dustin Poirier, who knocked him out for the second time in a half-year. Restoration, rehab and different initiatives have stored him out since then.

McGregor hasn’t been hibernating, although. He coached Season 31 of “The Final Fighter” reverse Michael Chandler final yr and can combat him at UFC 303 in June. He additionally had a key position in Amazon Prime’s “Highway Home” reboot starring Jake Gyllenhaal, which had sufficient viewers to warrant phrase of a sequel within the works – which if the post-credits teaser is to be trusted, will embody McGregor.

When McGregor topped the chart in 2021, he was simply the sixth athlete to take a seat at No. 1 over a 20-year interval. Solely Tiger Woods, who topped the record for 10 straight years, Floyd Mayweather, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Roger Federer reached No. 1 within the 20 years previous to McGregor’s large rise.

The Forbes record estimates athletes’ earnings from Might the earlier yr by April the next yr.

Check out Forbes’ prime 50 on this yr’s record under.

50. Devin Booker | Basketball | $45.2M

49. Jayson Tatum | Basketball | $45.9M

48. Zion Williamson | Basketball | $46.1M

47. Anthony Davis | Basketball | $46.2M

46. Rashan Gary | Soccer | $46.8M

45. Deshaun Watson | Soccer | $47M

Jan 13, 2024; Houston, Texas, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson seems to be on from the sideline in a 2024 AFC wild card recreation in opposition to the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Obligatory Credit score: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports activities

44. Trae Younger | Basketball | $47.3M

43. Cameron Smith | Golf | $48M

42. Tyson Fury | Boxing | $50M

41. Brian Burns | Soccer | $51.7M

40. Sadio Mané | Soccer | $52M

39. Paul George | Basketball | $52.7M

38. Mohamed Salah | Soccer | $53M

37. Kawhi Leonard | Basketball | $53.7M

Mar 31, 2024; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; LA Clippers ahead Kawhi Leonard (2) on the dribble in opposition to Charlotte Hornets ahead Brandon Miller (24) throughout the second half at Spectrum Middle. Obligatory Credit score: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports activities

36. Chris Jones | Soccer | $54.1M

Feb 11, 2024; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Kansas Metropolis Chiefs defensive sort out Chris Jones (95) warms up earlier than Tremendous Bowl LVIII in opposition to the San Francisco 49ers at Allegiant Stadium. Obligatory Credit score: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports activities

35. Bradley Beal | Basketball | $54.3M

34. Luka Doncic | Basketball | $55.1M

33. James Harden | Basketball | $55.8M

32. Nikola Jokic | Basketball | $56.1M

Might 14, 2024; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets middle Nikola Jokic (15) within the second quarter in opposition to the Minnesota Timberwolves, toppic throughout recreation 5 of the second spherical for the 2024 NBA playoffs at Ball Enviornment. Obligatory Credit score: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports activities

31. Jimmy Butler | Basketball | $57.5M

30. Joel Embiid | Basketball | $57.7M

29. Scottie Scheffler | Golf | $59.2M

28. Max Scherzer | Baseball | $59.9M

T-2. RHP Max Scherzer, Rangers: $43,333,333

27. Erling Haaland | Soccer | $61M

26. Damian Lillard | Basketball | $61.9M

25. Klay Thompson | Basketball | $62.3M

24. Kirk Cousins | Soccer | $62.5M

23. Tiger Woods | Golf | $67.2M

22. Nick Bosa | Soccer | $68M

21. Lewis Hamilton | Auto Racing | $69M

20. Justin Herbert | Soccer | $78.7M

19. Rory McIlroy | Golf | $80.1M

18. Aaron Rodgers | Soccer | $80.8M

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – SEPTEMBER 11: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #8 of the New York Jets sacked by defensive finish Leonard Floyd #56 of the Buffalo Payments throughout the first quarter of the NFL recreation at MetLife Stadium on September 11, 2023 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photograph by Elsa/Getty Pictures)

17. Max Verstappen | Auto Racing | $81M

16. Anthony Joshua | Boxing | $83M

15. Patrick Mahomes | Soccer | $84.4M

14. Canelo Alvarez | Boxing | $85M

13. Shohei Ohtani | Baseball | $85.3M

12. Kevin Durant | Basketball | $93.3M

11. Joe Burrow | Soccer | $100M

10. Lamar Jackson | Soccer | $100.5M

9. Stephen Curry | Basketball | $102M

8. Karim Benzema | Soccer | $106M

7. Neymar | Soccer | $108M

6. Kylian Mbappé | Soccer | $110M

5. Giannis Antetokounmpo | Basketball | $111M

4. LeBron James | Basketball | $128.2M

3. Lionel Messi | Soccer | $135M

2. Jon Rahm | Golf | $218M

Feb 10, 2018; Pebble Seaside, CA, USA; Jon Rahm drops a ball on the twelfth tough throughout the third spherical of the AT&T Pebble Seaside Professional-Am golf match at Spyglass Hill Golf Course. Obligatory Credit score: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports activities

1. Cristiano Ronaldo | Soccer | $260M

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