The UFC star threw a wayward first pitch earlier this week at a Chicago Cubs game, but he’s deflected criticism by boasting about topping the Forbes’ highest-paid athlete list this year
The former two-weight UFC champion was invited to a Chicago Cubs game earlier this week and threw the first pitch on Wrigley Field.
Fans were quick to mock McGregor’s wayward pitch and compared it to rapper 50 Cent’s at a New York Mets game in 2014.
This sparked a lengthy Instagram reply from McGregor, who bragged about beating Ronaldo and other sports stars to top Forbes’ highest-paid athlete list this year.
He wrote: “The audacity to compare mine with this p***! Picture to picture alone buries this.
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“Mine, bar the accuracy, was the most powerful and fastest first pitch of any of these other athletes/artist over the years. No comparison.
“Smoke them up and down that Forbes I do. Get Messi over. Smoked. Cris. Smoked. Federer. Doubled. All time Most Power! Put me in the Wrigley hall of fame for that rocket launch.
“Beside some of that nice red brick. Mahogany Oak Frame. Wimbledon lines in the grass. The great Wrigley Field reminds me of the grounds on my land in Ireland. Impeccable.”
McGregor – who is currently recovering from a broken tibia he suffered at UFC 264 in July – topped the list largely due to the £106 million ($150 million) sale of his whiskey brand Proper 12 to Proximo Spirits.
Ronaldo came third on the list, earning $70 million for his time on the field and $50 million in endorsements.
McGregor has been residing at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles since his leg break but is planning to return back to Ireland next month.
He recently made headlines for getting into an altercation with singer Machine Gun Kelly – real name Colson Baker – at the MTV Music Video awards.
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And whilst thought to be out for over a year, McGregor’s recovery is ahead of schedule which means he could make a UFC return before the end of 2021.
Discussing his rehab last week, he told Adam Glyn: “I feel good now I’m back on the feet. I honestly feel like I can kick right now but I’ve got to listen to the doctors. I’ve just got to listen to the people who are guiding me.
“Still a long way to go, I don’t want to get too ahead of myself. Like I said, I could kick right now but I’m not advised to kick yet but I’m going to get back man. Do you think a broken leg is going to stop me? Think again.”