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Conor McGregor Made A Prediction To Cristiano Ronaldo That He Would One Day Catch Him On Forbes List​

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Conor McGregor Made A Prediction To Cristiano Ronaldo That He Would One Day Catch Him On Forbes List​

Mystic Mac strikes again. Conor McGregor has followed up on his 2016 prediction by being named the highest-paid athlete on the planet.

Despite only stepping into the Octagon once last year - a comprehensive win over Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone - the 32-year-old is now at the summit of Forbes' prestigious list, surpassing the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and LeBron James.

McGregor reportedly pocketed a massive $180 million in 2020, with the majority of his earnings came from his multi-million-dollar business ventures away from the fight game, although he still made an impressive $22 million for his bout in January.

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In fact, McGregor's popular Proper No.12 whiskey company made him a reported $158 million.

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The Irishman, who will no doubt rank high in Forbes' 2021 list after he recently sold his majority stake in the whisky business to well-known tequila company Jose Cuervo for around $600million, has come a long way since mid-2016.

As he was preparing for his rematch with Nate Diaz after a shock defeat at UFC 196, five-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo visited McGregor's lavish training base in Las Vegas, where a very big promise was made.

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You can see the conversation between the pair below via The Mac Life's official Twitter page.

In the clip, McGregor can be heard saying: "You were number one on the Forbes list, I was like number 35 or something. I'll get up. Maybe next year I'll get you..." before Ronaldo quickly hits back: "I don't think so."

The Portugal international backed up his comments by raking in $88 million that year.

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Ronaldo later claimed the top spot in 2017 when he beat the likes of Lionel Messi and LeBron James by taking home $93 million, but things have changed in recent times, with McGregor flying high in the earning stakes.

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Image: PA

In terms of the 2020 Forbes list, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi came in second place after earning $130 million last year, while fellow footballer Ronaldo followed after making a hefty $120 million.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott placed in fourth with $108million thanks to his mega-money NFL deal, and NBA legend LeBron James came in fifth after taking home $97million.

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The likes of Neymar, Roger Federer and Lewis Hamilton also featured in the top 10 but Mystic Mac came out on top after another fruitful year.

Featured Image Credit: The Mac Life/YouTube

Topics: Forbes, Conor Mcgregor, Football, UFC, Cristiano Ronaldo

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