For Conor McGregor’s next trick, he will attempt to turn whiskey earnings into a soccer team.
The UFC fighter turned heads last month when he tweeted that he was “certainly interested in” buying a sports team, including Manchester United. That was before fans stormed the field on May 2, protesting the current owners, the Glazer family.
McGregor would need more than the proceeds from the recent $600 million sale of his whiskey brand, Proper No. 12, if he wants to buy the storied club. His net worth is now estimated at around $250 million, and the team is worth around $4.2 billion, per Forbes.
The 32-year-old said on Sunday that he also has his eye on a more affordable property: Celtic FC of the Scottish Premiership, recently valued at $98.7 million. McGregor said he wants to own a sports team “at some stage,” adding, “I feel I could do big things for a club.”
Spotify founder Daniel Ek is also shopping for a soccer team. He put together a bid for Arsenal with team legend Thierry Henry, but no sale appears imminent.
Meanwhile, McGregor, who is 22-5-0, is not done as a fighter. He will take on Dustin Poirier for the third time in front of a full-capacity crowd in Las Vegas on July 10.