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Conor McGregor listed as one of the most talked about sports stars of the year

The MMA fighter hit headlines for many reasons this year
Conor McGregor. Picture: Arthur Carron

Conor McGregor. Picture: Arthur Carron

Clodagh Meaney

Conor McGregor has been listed as one of the most talked about sports stars in 2021.

According to, the Dubliner ranked within the top 10 athletes discussed across the globe this year.

Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo was the most talked about sports star this year after the Portuguese player returned to play with Manchester United after leaving the club in 2009.

Meanwhile, superstar players Neymar and Lionel Messi, came in second and third place respectively.

The top three stars all had over 130,000 articles written about them.

NBA basketball player LeBron James followed in fourth place, while Indian cricket player Virat Kohli was in fifth place.

The only other athlete to rank ahead of McGregor was NFL quarterback Tom Brady, who was the sixth most discussed sports star with 60,473 articles published about him.

Conor McGregor made headlines internationally earlier this year after the MMA fighter broke his leg during UFC 264 resulting in a loss to rival Dustin Poirier.

The Crumlin native is never without controversy in the Irish media - between his bizarre Twitter rants, jibes at government ministers and comments about the Covid-19 pandemic - there have been no shortage of McGregor stories.

He recently hit headlines dubbed the ‘Duke of Dublin 12’ as it was revealed that the 33-year-old is set to build up to 300 apartments plus two commercial units, one which will include a supermarket, and a public realm area.

Just this month, the Sunday World exclusively revealed images of the architect's plans and pictures which show 188 apartments in a complex towering from three to nine floors on Davitt Road.

McGregor is set to fork out an estimated €100m to build 300 apartments, shops, cafés and a supermarket in three separate adjoining sites along the Grand Canal in Drimnagh.

As news of the Omicron strain of the Covid-19 virus emerged, McGregor launched an attack on the variant itself.

“Guys did you hear? We’ve to watch out for this Botswana yoke now,” he said in a tweet.

“It sounds serious,” he continued. “It’s not protected against our vaccines also. ‘Vaccine laughed at’ it said. Crazy! Chances of hitting the deck have now trebled again, so back in your box.”

“This Message directly from tony baloni,” he said, taking a swipe at HSE Chief Medical officer Dr Tony Holohan.

“Oh no! This Botswana is worse than the delta!” he said in a follow up tweet, adding: “But trust me when i say, IT’S F**K ALL TO THE ALPHA! Oh yes!”

He hit headlines in another recent tirade where he claimed that vaccines are not working.

“The vaccines have not worked to stop this whatsoever. More vaccinated than ever. More cases than ever. Reevaluate entirely. Stop taking handouts,” he said in a now-deleted tweet.

The star fighter has also had legal trouble this year after an unnamed woman brought a personal injury claim against him.

The case went to court in November for a pre-trial hearing, in which the woman sought the discovery of documents and materials from to help her prove her claim.

However, the matter was adjourned until March 2022.

The case is one of two initiated against McGregor, who denies any wrongdoing, over events alleged to have taken place in 2018.

The woman has also sued one of his associates.

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