‘Lionel Messi Is on $75 Million’- Conor McGregor Says Not to Count Him Out of Forbes List Yet

Published 08/29/2021, 1:40 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: Conor McGregor of Ireland arrives prior to his fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


Conor McGregor made history when he topped the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo among other A-list athletes to be crowned the highest-paid athlete in the world. McGregor’s record-breaking feat was the first time that someone from the sport of MMA clinched the number one spot. However, McGregor is not content with that and aims to top the list once again. 

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In a recent Instagram post, ‘The Notorious’ made his intentions very clear. He said, “At the Beverly Hills supporting my bro @sergioramos at @psg.It’s crazy how this team has scooped all these incredible players up, and in such quick succession too.”

The former champion continued, “Messi is on 75mill U.S dollar a year, flat. Not including endorsement on top. He be hard to beat this year on the Forbes list without one more fight in the book. But that said don’t count me out. We are only 2 months into this new Forbes fiscal year and I already have his years wage boxed off hahaahahahaha.”

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Paris Saint Germain recently acquired the likes of Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos from FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, respectively. Both players were acquired as free agents and were given bumper paydays.

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Lionel Messi and Cristiano have been at the top of Forbes‘ list of the highest-paid athletes for the better part of a decade now. ‘The Notorious’ famously stated that he would beat Ronaldo to the number one spot when the two met prior to the second fight against Diaz. Following his vow in 2016, Conor McGregor accomplished the feat earlier this year. 

Can Conor McGregor top the list once again?

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Conor McGregor raked in a jaw-dropping $180 million last year. However, a huge part of that was down to the sale of his stake in his liquor company. McGregor’s earnings from fighting itself were $30 million. This alone would have placed him well outside the top 10. 

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Following the events of UFC 264, ‘The Notorious’ will be out of action for a long time. He will most likely return to action in the second half of 2022. Therefore, topping the list once again might be a tall order for even ‘Mystic Mac’ himself. 

What do you make of Conor McGregor’s claim? Do you think he can top the list once again? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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