CONOR MCGREGOR has reportedly made a “significant investment” into the football team he played for as a kid.
The UFC superstar, who has an estimated worth of £38million according to Forbes in April, pulled on his boots as a youngster for Lourdes Celtic.
Now he has “taken steps to secure the club for years to come” after agreeing to a large sponsorship deal under his company McGregor Sports and Entertainment.
His investment has led to brand new, indoor and outdoor state-of-the-art training facilities for the side.
And kids who represent Lourdes Celtic will also receive “two brand new professional-style Umbro jerseys for years to come”, according to themaclife.com.
The team’s manager Alan Byrne said: “We’d like to say he got his footwork here.
“The boxing he can take credit for, but we’ll take credit for the footwork.
“Conor is an ordinary, decent lad that’s come back to his home club.”
Byrne added: “He’s remembered where he’s come from, and he’s willing to come in and put in a bit of time.
“It’s not just a case of investment; he’s investing his own time and effort and his own feelings and emotions into the place, which is fantastic.
“You’ll see the effect of it. You won’t hear it, you’ll see it for years to come and that will be kids growing up in a club with top class facilities, top class coaches and with a club that will look forward instead of constantly looking behind.”
The McGregor brand stretches far outside of the Octagon, where he made his name as a fearless two-weight champion.
McGregor Sports & Entertainment X @lourdescelticfootballclub ⚽🔥 . Since it first opened its doors in 1957, more than a few well-known names have come through the doors of Crumlin football team Lourdes Celtic – and now one of it’s most famous sons (@thenotoriousmma) is paying back into the community from which he came with a substantial sponsorship deal. Take a look 🎥👊 . Full details through the link in our bio 👍 . #themaclife #conormcgregor #irishsports #mcgregorsportsandentertainment #lourdesceltic #irishsoccer #soccer #football
Since making his UFC debut in 2013, the charismatic fighter from Crumlin has brought the sport into the mainstream through a combination of his talent and personality.
His fortune has been amassed by headlining pay-per-view events, with McGregor topping the UFC bill on five separate occasions.
All of that has resulted in him becoming the highest paid fighter in the sport.
In October 2019, SunSport revealed how McGregor has raked in £7.35m just from bouts alone – that’s excluding sponsorship and bonuses.
That’s miles ahead of Michael Bisping (£5.48m) and Georges St Pierre (£5.4m) in second and third respectively.
Outside of the UFC arena, McGregor’s biggest payday came when he faced Floyd Mayweather Jr in a boxing bout in 2017.
The big money event earned Notorious a mind-blowing £100million for just one night’s work – and he barely even laid a glove on the unbeaten boxing superstar.
McGregor – who was beaten in 10 rounds by the ring legend – claims he made £100m from the super-fight thanks to 4.4m PPV’s and £42m made in ticket sales.
And in January, The Notorious estimated that he would earn around £63m from his first round win over Donald Cerrone, although Forbes claim the real figure was a still-substantial £24m.
His boxing cameo, sponsorships, UFC purses and new Proper 12 whiskey top up the rest of McGregor’s bank balance.
Notorious still maintains that he has retired from the Octagon.
But he continues to be linked with a comeback and continues to try and get a rematch against Khabib.