Conor McGregor up 61 places in Forbes highest-paid list

Conor McGregor up 61 places in Forbes highest-paid list

Conor McGregor up 61 places in Forbes highest-paid list

Forbes has released their annual list for the world's highest paid athletes.

Despite playing just seven rounds of golf since September 2015, Tiger Woods still ranks No. 17 in earnings thanks to $37 million in endorsements. That puts him in good company alongside names like world record shattering sprinter Usain Bolt ($34.2 million) and Chicago Bulls player Derrick Rose ($34.3 million). McGregor's cut of the 1.6 million and 1.3 million PPV buys fueled his large salary.

Portugal captain Ronaldo topped the influential business magazine's list for the first time 12 months ago.

Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo was the highest-paid player on the list, having earned a total of $93 million between his soccer salary ($58 million) and endorsement income ($35 million). The soccer great has endorsement deals with Nike, Verizon, Intel, Coca-Cola, Beats headphones and Kia, among many others.

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It's hard for the everyday Joe to even fathom the amount of money that the world's highest paid athletes make as they rake in millions of dollars every year.

Swiss tennis great Roger Federer ($64 million) and Golden State Warriors guard Kevin Durant ($60.6 million) rounded out the top five - just as they did previous year.

There are 21 countries represented on the list, with Americans (63) the most prevalent thanks to sky-high salaries in basketball, American football and baseball.

Highest among the Irish on the list is Rory McIlroy who moves up into the top ten on the list to earn his spot at joint sixth on the list. The champ fought three times previous year, twice against Nate Diaz at welterweight, and then against Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title.

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