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Conor McGregor fourth best paid athlete in world - ahead of Neymar, LeBron James, Federer and Lewis Hamilton

Ireland's Conor McGregor was the fourth highest paid athlete in the world in 2017.

'The Notorious' flew up the list after his high-profile boxing match with Floyd Mayweather who topped the list earning $275m from the bout.

McGregor took home $99m in total from the fight and his MMA career.

Although he lost the fight after a referee stoppage in the 10th round McGregor gained alot of admirers in taking on the undefeated Mayweather in his boxing debut.

The star's future remains up in the air after he was arrested following an incident at UFC 223 in April.

McGregor was charged with assault and his case is set to come before a New York Court later this month.

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi was the second best paid athlete taking home $111m ahead of his rival Cristiano Ronaldo who took home $108m.

Rounding out the top 10 were footballer Neymar, basketball star LeBron James, tennis ace Roger Federer, basketball player Stephen Curry and American footballers Matt Ryan and Matthew Stafford.

Top 10 (lists under athlete/nationality/sport/estimated earnings): 1. Floyd Mayweather (U.S.) Boxing $285 million 2. Lionel Messi (Argentina) Soccer $111 million 3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) Soccer $108 million 4. Conor McGregor (Ireland) MMA $99 million 5. Neymar (Brazil) Soccer $90 million 6. LeBron James (U.S.) Basketball $85.5 million 7. Roger Federer (Switzerland) Tennis $77.2 million 8. Stephen Curry (U.S.) Basketball $76.9 million 9. Matt Ryan (U.S.) American football $67.3 million 10. Matthew Stafford (U.S.) American football $59.5 million.

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