Conor McGregor makes the top 25 of Forbes' highest-paid athletes list

The rankings combine athletes' salary and 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).

Additionally, Lionel Messi, Ronaldo's Barcelona arch-rival, came in third with an $80-million year, while the NBA Finals was well represented in the top 10 with not only James, but also the Golden State Warriors' MVP duo of Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry coming in at Nos.

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Real Madrid soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was Forbes' top dog this year with a cool $93 million in earnings.

The Forbes figures include salaries, prize money and bonuses earned between June 1, 2016, and June 1, 2017. The soccer great has endorsement deals with Nike, Verizon, Intel, Coca-Cola, Beats headphones and Kia, among many others.

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The top 100 athletes earned a total of $3.11bn (£2.4bn) over the last 12 months, a slight decrease from last year's earnings of $3.15bn (£2.43bn). Roger Federer, who ranks fourth on the list, earns the overwhelming amount of his $64 million in endorsements and earned only $6 million for his on-court tennis performance.

"The vast majority of his income, however, comes from one of the sports world's most impressive sponsorships portfolios", Forbes said.

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The previous year has been a monumental 12 months for McGregor thanks to his big money fight with Nate Diaz at UFC 202 in August 2016 which saw the "Notorious" earn the joint-highest guaranteed purse at $3m. The first man to hold two UFC titles at the same time is ranked number 24 in the annual listing of the highest paid athletes across sports.

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