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Con the money Conor McGregor's family couldn't afford Man United kit growing up - but he now wants to buy club

"We hadn’t got the money for the real jersey and kit but that was never going to stop me!"

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Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor has revealed that his family didn’t have enough money to buy him a Manchester United kit when he was younger.

The MMA fighter came from humble beginnings and grew up in Crumlin, Dublin, with his parents and two sisters, Aoife and Erin.

And the 32-year-old has admitted that his working class family were not able to afford an authentic Manchester United kit growing up and only had enough money to buy him a knock-off version.

McGregor posted a throwback photo modelling his old red gear to his Instagram account, writing: “We hadn’t got the money for the real jersey and kit but that was never going to stop me!

“Up the Red Devils! @manchesterunited,” he added.

Now, the UFC legend is considering buying the club that he has supported since childhood and feels he could do “big things” for them.

Back in April, he tweeted: “Hey guys, I'm thinking about buying Manchester United! What do you think?”

A few weeks later, a fan asked him if he still intended to buy the club.

“A conversation came up regarding Celtic first to be honest. To acquire shares from Dermot Desmond,” McGregor replied.

“I am certainly interested in acquiring a sports team at some stage! Both Celtic and Man United are teams I like for sure. But I am open. I feel I could do big things for a club.”

McGregor’s dreams could become a reality very soon as the fighter was just named the highest paid athlete in the world by Forbes Magazine.

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The Dubliner now outranks other global names such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

According to the magazine, McGregor brought in earnings of a whopping $180M (€149M) over the last year, collecting an estimated $22M (€18M) in January for his appearance at UFC 257 which saw him get knocked out of his first UFC fight in a year by Dustin Poirer.

His biggest earnings, however, came from his recent sale of his majority stake in whiskey brand Proper No. Twelve to Proximo Spirits for a whopping $150M (€123M).

He is only the third athlete, after Roger Federer and Tiger Woods, to earn more than $70 million off the field in a single year while still actively competing, Forbes said.

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