Conor McGregor Made A Crazy Bold Prediction Back In 2016 And Amazingly, It’s Actually Coming True
Prior to his UFC fight with Nate Diaz, McGregor met with soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo who had taken the top spot on Forbes’ highest paid athlete list for 2016 with a whopping $93 million in earnings.
At that time, while McGregor was making a generous living earning one of the highest incomes of any fighter in the UFC, he was not within sniffing distance of the kind of money Ronaldo was making. Which makes what he told Ronaldo when they met sound more like a joke than a prediction…
“You were number one on the Forbes list,” McGregor told Ronaldo in a video posted to the Dubliner’s website The Mac Life last year.
“I was like number 35 or something. I’ll get up. Maybe next year I’ll get you.” Before Ronaldo replied: “I don’t think so.”
Looks like Ronaldo is going to have to eat those words now as “The Notorious One” is set to rake in over $100 million just from his fight with Mayweather plus any additional income he will receive in sponsorship and endorsements, of which there are many.
Reports The Independent…
Rob Pearson, Associate Director at Teneo PSG, says that McGregor will pass Ronaldo on next year’s list and that he could earn as much as $60 million (€50 million) in 2018 after earning $34 million (€28.4 million) last year.
“By stepping into the ring with Mayweather, McGregor made more in one night than Cristiano Ronaldo, the highest earning athlete in 2016, made in the entire year.