For Conor McGregor, punching right means rolling right, and he’s now claiming tom have surpassed Cristiano Ronaldo as the world’s top-earning sportsman.
Real Madrid superstar Ronaldo came out top on Forbes sports rich list for 2017 after pulling in $93 million over the course of 12 months.
UFC monster McGregor, then ranked 24th, said he would overtake the reigning ballon d’Or holder, and it appears he’s come good on his words.
The brash Irishman took home a $100m loot after his cross-over superfight with Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas last August, and he’s now taken to social media to brag about how that payday and further endorsements on the back of it have carried him to the top of sports money list.
A strong admirer of rap mogul Diddy, McGregor drew analogy between his ‘purported’ rise to the top and the recent crowning of Jay Z as hip-hop’s money king after years of Diddy reign.
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Making deals and TAKING deals! Kings recognise Kings! Congrats to @jayz on his number 1 takeover from @diddy in the highest paid Forbes list. What a take-over! Diddy hasn't been number 2 in so long. Until now. Zoom into that two tone with the powder blue on my wrist mate. You might see 1st place again. I am also really interested to see this years Forbes highest paid athletes list. I have now surpassed @cristiano Ronaldo as I told him I would in 2016. Floyd as a retired fighter that makes ZERO substantial revenue outside of them ropes is not on the list, and in the long game, is already dead. Mixed Martial Arts is a glorious game, Floyd. You are going to love it hahaha Someone tag 50cent in this for me. He blocked me on this the mad 50 year old instagram blocker. Ahh don't block me 50 kid, I still like some of your songs. The older ones hahah King bless you all! @burgerking
“Making deals and TAKING deals! Kings recognise Kings!
“I am also really interested to see this year’s Forbes highest paid athletes list,” he wrote.
“I have now surpassed Cristiano Ronaldo as I told him I would in 2016.
“Floyd as a retired fighter that makes ZERO substantial revenue outside of them ropes is not on the list, and in the long game, is already dead.
“Mixed Martial Arts is a glorious game, Floyd. You are going to love it hahaha.”
It may even get better for ‘The Notorious’ as a second meeting between him and Mayweather, this time in the Octagon, has been mooted.
Can’t wait for the next Forbes sports rich list, to know if McGregor’s bite matches his bark!