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

Mixed martial artist Conor McGregor (2nd L) and singer Niall Horan (R) celebrate McGregor's UFC 202 victory during the official after-fight party at Intrigue Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for Wynn Las Vegas)
Mixed martial artist Conor McGregor (2nd L) and singer Niall Horan (R) celebrate McGregor's UFC 202 victory during the official after-fight party at Intrigue Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for Wynn Las Vegas)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 20: Nate Diaz (L) throws a left at Conor McGregor during their welterweight rematch at the UFC 202 event at T-Mobile Arena on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor won by majority decision. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 20: Mixed martial artist Conor McGregor celebrates his UFC 202 victory during the official after-fight party at Intrigue Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for Wynn Las Vegas)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 20: Conor McGregor (L) punches Nate Diaz during their welterweight rematch at the UFC 202 event at T-Mobile Arena on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 20: Mixed martial artist Conor McGregor (R) and Dee Devlin celebrate his UFC 202 victory during the official after-fight party at Intrigue Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for Wynn Las Vegas)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 20: Conor McGregor (R) celebrates after defeating Nate Diaz by majority decision in a welterweight rematch at the UFC 202 event at T-Mobile Arena on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 20: Mixed martial artist Conor McGregor celebrates his UFC 202 victory during the official after-fight party at Intrigue Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for Wynn Las Vegas)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 20: Mixed martial artist Conor McGregor (2nd L) and singer Niall Horan (R) celebrate McGregor's UFC 202 victory during the official after-fight party at Intrigue Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for Wynn Las Vegas)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 20: Mixed martial artist Conor McGregor celebrates his UFC 202 victory during the official after-fight party at Intrigue Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for Wynn Las Vegas)
Conor McGregor celebrates after defeating Nate Diaz in a welterweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 202 on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 20: Conor McGregor gestures as he arrives for his welterweight rematch against Nate Diaz at the UFC 202 event at T-Mobile Arena on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)
Conor McGregor stands over Nate Diaz during their welterweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 202 on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, in Las Vegas. McGregor won by split decision. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

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.

Conor McGregor meeting fans at El Divino for TABU. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Conor McGregor meeting fans at El Divino for TABU. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Conor McGregor meeting fans at El Divino for TABU. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Conor McGregor meeting fans at El Divino for TABU. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Conor McGregor meeting fans at El Divino for TABU. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Conor McGregor meeting fans at El Divino for TABU. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at El Divino for TABU to see Conor McGregor. 19th November 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

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