What Did Conor McGregor Tell Cristiano Ronaldo Before Overtaking Him As the World’s Highest-Paid Athlete?

Published 09/26/2021, 11:27 AM EDT


Cristiano Ronaldo is arguably one of the world’s most marketable athletes. Just the news of his transfer from Real Madrid to Juventus boosted Juve’s stock values by 20% in a single day in 2018. Moments after the momentous announcement rocked the football world, the Turin-based club received 1.5 million Instagram followers thanks to his massive fan base.

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Brands would pay anything to have Ronaldo as their ambassador because he is such a powerful and well-known athlete. Notably, Ronaldo has surpassed his renowned colleagues to become the highest-paid footballer in the world this year. While he is the highest-paid footballer, is he the highest-paid athlete?

Soccer Football – Champions League – Group F – BSC Young Boys v Manchester United – Stadion Wankdorf, Bern, Switzerland- September 14, 2021 Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal with Jadon Sancho REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Conor Mcgregor tops the list of highest-paid athletes of 2020

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Forbes recently released a list of the world’s highest-paid athletes of 2020. UFC fighter Conor Mcgregor topped that list. The Irishman made a total of $180 million in the last 12 months, the majority of which came from the $150 million sales of his controlling ownership in whiskey brand Proper No. Twelve to Proximo Spirits.

When you factor in his endorsements, McGregor earned $158 million outside of his fighting career in the last year, making him only the third athlete after Roger Federer and Tiger Woods to make more than $70 million off the field while still competing.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 10: Conor McGregor of Ireland prepares to fight Dustin Poirier during the UFC 264 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 10, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

“I’ll get ya” – Conor Mcgregor promise of overtaking Cristiano Ronaldo as the highest-paid athlete from 2016 goes viral

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In a video that has surfaced online recently, Conor Mcgregor is seen speaking to Ronaldo about being the richest athlete. He first asks the Portuguese if he has a jet to which CR7 replies in affirmation. After asking Ronaldo if he ‘has a jet’, McGregor says, “I wanna get a jet someday. You were number one on the Forbes list, I was like number 35. I’ll get up [there].”

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After the pair broke into laughter, Ronaldo asked: “Your ranking?” McGregor replied: “Something like that, 38 I think.” Ronaldo then cheekily teases McGregor that he is ‘first’ on the list, which promotes the Irishman to say: “Maybe next year I’ll get ya.” And he did get above Ronaldo, not in 2017 but in 2021.

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Suresh Menon

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Suresh Menon is a Football and NFL writer at Essentially Sports. He is currently pursuing BMM from St Xaviers College with his specialization in Advertising. Juventus is his favorite football club and he one day plans to go to Italy and watch a Juve match live.

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