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Top 5 Current Highest Paid Athletes In The World (Photos)

5. LeBron James

LeBron Raymone James is a 36-year-old American professional basketballer who currently plays for the National Basketball Association's Los Angeles Lakers. 

He is the only player to have won NBA championships with three different franchises. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. Four NBA championships, four NBA MVP awards, four NBA Finals MVP awards, and two Olympic gold medals are among his accomplishments. 

James made history in 2021 when he became the first active player in NBA history to achieve $1 billion in earnings. With a total earnings of $96.5 million, he is currently the fifth most paid athlete in the world, setting a new record for NBA players. 

Rayne, Dak Prescott Dakota Prescott is an American football quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He is 28 years old. He was drafted in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Cowboys after playing college football for the Mississippi State Bulldogs. 

4. Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott, according to Forbes Magazine's most recent list of the highest-paid sports, is the highest-paid player in the NFL and the fourth-highest-paid athlete in the world, with a reported total earnings of $107.5 million. 

3. Lionel Messi

Lionel Andrés Messi is an Argentine professional soccer player who currently captains the Argentina national team and plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain. 

Messi has won six FIFA Ballon d'Or honors and six European Golden Shoes trophies, and is widely regarded as one of the best footballers of all time. 

Before departing FC Barcelona this year, he spent the most of his professional football career with the club, winning ten La Liga titles, seven Copa del Rey trophies, and four UEFA Champions Leagues. Messi is a prolific goalscorer who owns the records for most goals scored in La Liga, UEFA Champions League, and Copa América. He also holds the record for most international goals scored by a South American player, with over 750 senior career goals for both his club and his country. 

With a total earnings of $110 million, Messi is presently ranked third on Forbes' list of the world's top paid athletes in 2021. 

2. Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese soccer player who currently plays as a forward for Manchester United in England and the Portugal national team. 

Ronaldo began his professional football career at Sporting CP, where he was quickly signed by Manchester United after their legendary coach, Sir Alex Ferguson, saw his brilliance as a forward. Ronaldo played for the club for six years before moving on to Real Madrid, Juventus, and, most recently, Manchester United. He has won 32 major trophies during his 18-year professional soccer career, including five UEFA Champions League wins, the UEFA European Championship for Portugal, and seven league crowns in England, Spain, and Italy, making him the first footballer to win titles in all three nations. He broke the record for most goals scored in international football when he scored for the 110th time in his country's World Cup qualification win over Ireland earlier this month. 

Ronaldo, who has won five FIFA Ballon d'Or honors and was crowned the finest Portuguese player of all time by the Portuguese Football Federation during its 100th anniversary celebrations six years ago, is widely regarded as one of the world's greatest footballers. He is the only player in European history to win four Golden Shoe honors. 

Ronaldo is one of the most marketable and popular athletes in the world, and Forbes presently ranks him as the world's second highest-paid athlete, with a mouth-watering total earnings of $125 million. 

1. Conor McGregor

Conor Anthony McGregor is an Irish mixed martial fighter, boxer, and businessman who is 33 years old. 

McGregor has previously held the Cage Warriors featherweight and lightweight titles. He won the UFC Featherweight Championship by knockout 13 seconds into the first round six years ago, which was the fastest victory in UFC title fight history. McGregor became the first fighter in UFC history to hold championships in two weight classes simultaneously after defeating Eddie Alvarez for the UFC Lightweight Championship at UFC 205. 

McGregor is the highest-paid athlete in the world, according to Forbes magazine, with a claimed total earnings of $180 million.

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