CONOR MCGREGOR warned Cristiano Ronaldo six years ago that he’d overtake him as the highest-paid athlete on Forbes’ rich list.

Back in May of 2021, it was announced that the UFC’s poster boy had landed at the top of the prestigious list.

Conor McGregor was named the highest-paid athlete of 2020 by Forbes

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Conor McGregor was named the highest-paid athlete of 2020 by ForbesCredit: [email protected]
McGregor's finances were boosted through sales of his Proper 12 Whiskey

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McGregor’s finances were boosted through sales of his Proper 12 WhiskeyCredit: Getty
McGregor warned Cristiano Ronaldo of his success way back in 2016

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McGregor warned Cristiano Ronaldo of his success way back in 2016Credit: Getty

The Notorious, 34, earned a whopping £128million during Forbes’ financial year – despite only taking to the cage once.

A staggering £113million of that sum came from the Irishman’s selling of his majority stake in Proper 12 Whiskey.

And McGregor forecast his rise to the top of Forbes’ rich list after Ronaldo dropped in on one of his training sessions for his UFC 202 rematch with Nate Diaz.

After asking Ronaldo if he “has a jet” in 2016, McGregor said: “I wanna get a jet someday.

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“You were number one on the Forbes list, I was like number 35. I’ll get up [there].”

After the pair broke into laughter, Ronaldo asked: “Your ranking?”

McGregor replied: “Something like that, 38 I think.”

Ronaldo then informed McGregor he was ‘first’ on the list, which promoted the Dubliner to say: “Maybe next year I’ll get ya.”

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Top 10 highest-paid athletes of 2020

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Top 10 highest-paid athletes of 2020

He added: “Congratulations. But I’m about to take over the UFC now it’s sold for four billi.”

McGregor revealed his desire to reach the summit of Forbes’ rich list ahead of his ill-fated UFC 257 rematch with Dustin Poirier.

Before breaking his leg in the octagon, he said: “I’m already a very wealthy man and it is only going to go up, make no mistake about it.”