Who Are the Highest Paid Athletes in the World in 2021?

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As the year of 2021 draws to a close and the bells ring in the new year with more opportunities in the world of sports, it is always advisable to look back on the year that is going to whoosh past soon. And what better way to look back at the world of sports than make a mental tally of the kind of money that athletes made this year. Surely, all of us want to know who the richest or the highest paid athletes were this year. Maybe that will be all the inspiration you need to push forward on your sporty dreams, eh?

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The following is a list of all the highest paid or richest athletes in the world in 2021:

  • Conor McGregor: This UFC fighter is so popular and such a big name is the world of UFC Fighting nowadays that it is hardly a surprise that he has made it right to the top of the list. His spectacular name ‘The Notorious’ has much to do with his being the top earning athlete for the year of 2021. Other than this, the buzz surrounding his long-awaited game with another fan favourite, Dustin Poirier, is one of the major reasons he surpassed even Lionel Messi this year to reach the top of the list. With the iconic McGregor vs Poirier game likely to take place later this summer, his net worth could go even higher and skyrocket. All this just points to how much this Irish athlete deserves to rank No. 1 on this list this year;
  • Lionel Messi: Most of you might already have hit upon who is going to be No. 2 on this list. Yes, it is indeed Lionel Messi, one of the greatest names in the world of football today. Messi has been numero uno on the list of the highest paid athletes since the 2010s, but that changed in 2019, when he started to rank Number 2 or 3 on the list. But, this year, he has regained his position on this list, ranking at No. 2, even amidst his public arguments with Barcelona hierarchy and the move to Paris Saint Germain. Messi might be in his 30s, but he is still one of the strongest athletes out there;
  • Cristiano Ronaldo: No. 3 on the list, Cristiano Ronaldo is a force to be reckoned with, both on this list and on the field as well. This first year in Italy gave Ronaldo a Serie A title apart from the Champions League, La Lisa, Euros and Premier League winners’ medals, so it is not at all surprising that he is in the top 3 of the list.

Other than the top 3, there are some other major and fresh athletes who have made it to the list of the highest paid. These include Dak Prescott, LeBron James, Neymar, Roger Federer, Lewis Hamilton, Tom Brady and Kevin Durant.

So, check out how much they make now and pursue your sporty dreams!


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