Jake Paul, a YouTuber-turned-boxer, did not make Sportico’s list of the world’s top 100 highest-paid athletes. Despite having had a financially successful year, ‘The Problem Child’ was unable to secure a placement on the coveted list.
In response to his omission from Sportico’s list, Paul tweeted that he was “just getting warmed up” this year.
“Oh we just getting warmed up,” Paul wrote on Twitter.
Kurt Badenhausen, a sports valuation reporter, pointed out that Anthony Joshua, the two-time heavyweight champion, was also unable to make the list. Despite being named The Ring’s second-best active heavyweight in April, Joshua has only fought once since his rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr. in December 2019.
As Joshua, Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury, and Manny Pacquiao prepare to fight later this year, Badenhausen anticipates an influx of combat sports players into Sportico’s 100 highest-paid athletes in 2022.
Furthermore, Paul‘s current contract with Showtime may drive the budding boxer onto the list next year. The 24-year-old is claimed to have made a whopping $20 million from his previous two pro boxing matches.
Conor McGregor is at the top of the chart
Conor McGregor, the former UFC double champion, topped Forbes’ Top 10 list of highest-paid athletes in 2021 earlier this month. Sportico has also named the Irishman the highest-paid athlete. McGregor is only the second athlete in history to earn $200 million in a single year.
McGregor’s whiskey brand, ‘Proper No. 12 Irish Whiskey,’ has seen accelerated growth this year, thanks to the former champion’s success.
In addition, McGregor earned more than $25 million from his rematch with Dustin Poirier at UFC 257. According to Sportico, ‘The Notorious’ earned $8 million from brand relationships with Reebok and DraftKings.
Sportico put famed footballers Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo at the #2 and #3 spots, respectively. According to the report on the sports website, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in endorsement cuts for some renowned athletes and anticipates that earnings are likely to improve next year despite the hit.