Conor McGregor has hinted at the possibility of buying Manchester United.
The UFC fighter floated the idea on social media as Man Utd were facing widespread backlash for being one of six Premier League clubs to sign up to the European Super League (ESL).
Plans for a breakaway midweek competition to bring Europe’s elite clubs together in a closed competition, except for five annual qualification slots, have since been thrown into disarray.
All of English football’s ‘big six’ have withdrawn from the proposed tournament following criticism from all corners of the game - including fans, pundits, players, managers and politicians.
United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward brought forward plans to announce his resignation from his role at the club which he had held for 16 years prior to the withdrawal.
It threw the ownership of the 20-time champions of England back into the spotlight - as McGregor provided another twist when he suggested buying Man United from the Glazer family.
How much is Manchester United worth?
In April 2021, Manchester United were valued at £3.05 billion by Forbes - the fourth most valuable club in the world behind Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
It was the first time Man Utd had fallen out of the top three places since the list was first compiled in 2007, but they were still the highest ranked English club in the ratings.
Premier League rivals Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur - who all joined Man United in backing out of the ESL - were all listed in the top 10 by Forbes.
The Forbes valuation is significantly higher than the £790 million Malcolm Glazer paid for Manchester United in 2005, which included £540m in loans leveraged against the club.
What is Conor McGregor’s net worth?
Irish fighter McGregor wrote to his 8.6 million followers: “Hey guys, I’m thinking about buying Manchester United! What do you think?” on Tuesday 20 April.
He has accrued a substantial amount of cash since he began fighting in the UFC almost a decade ago, with a reported earning in the region of £90m from the sport alone.
Most of which would have come from his eight pay-per-view fights, including the latest match up with Dustin Poirier which has each competitor with one win to their name from the two so far.
A third instalment is scheduled for 10 July 2021.
His net worth is reportedly more than double this due to a number of outside interests, including sponsorship deals, a lucrative boxing match against Floyd Mayweather and his own whisky.
How much is Proper 12 worth?
McGregor’s ownership of Irish whisky brand, Proper 12 - widely available across the US, Canada, Ireland and Australia, is worth £35m to the Irishman, according to Forbes.
Other contracts with sponsors Electronic Arts (EA), Reebok and Wynn Records has boosted his personal coffers further, away from his fighting career.
The Mayweather fight in 2017 alone saw McGregor bag somewhere in the region of £65-75m after more than five million people bought pay-per-view tickets.
All added up means McGregor’s total net worth is pushing a quarter of a billion pounds - a substantial amount of money which could at least form part of a takeover of the Red Devils.