Conor McGregor and Cristiano Ronaldo’s congress of the super-egos has everyone talking.
“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing” – Muhammad Ali.
It’s attitudes like this that define the greatest people and lead to the most sensational achievements. Some may call it delusional, but perhaps an element of delusion is required to be great.
As a fan of philosophical musings, a tirelessly progressive thinker and a lifelong admirer of Ali, Conor McGregor obviously subscribes to the sentiment espoused in the above quote.
It is impossible until it is done. Then all of a sudden everyone can do it.#IMPOSSIBLE – Not in my Vocabulary.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 8, 2013
It’s this belief system that allowed McGregor to emerge from a country with no prior success in the UFC to become the promotion’s featherweight champion and biggest star.
However, McGregor is taking the delusion to such heights that even Ali would likely have urged him to consider taking the above words a little less literally.
Deep in preparation for his rematch with Nate Diaz at UFC 202, ‘The Notorious’ one recently had a famous visitor to his Las Vegas base. Fresh off of his European Championship heroics, Cristiano Ronaldo popped in to hang out with McGregor.
It was a meeting that predictably led to a swathe of shirtless pictures.
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As you can see below the second of those two pics, McGregor warned the Real Madrid player that he was gunning for the top spot on the Forbes list of the 100 highest-paid athletes in the world. On the 2016 list, published recently, Ronaldo occupied that slot.
McGregor himself landed at number 85, which is pretty amazing when you consider that he has only been in the UFC for a little over three years and no other MMA fighter had ever featured on the list before.
Still, given the nature of payouts in the UFC, some might feel that such a warning, even coming from the company’s biggest earner, is somewhat delusional. But McGregor has been constantly pushing the boundaries in this regard and you never know what sort of deal he might strike with the new owners.
The next goal that he set however, is a downright impossible one.
McGregor, an Irishman remember, declared that he was aiming to best Ronaldo’s indescribably glorious tan, which appears to be the result of an unethical scientific experiment or a tumble into a vat during a tour of the Ronseal quick drying woodstain plant.
Of course, we assume that McGregor is having a laugh. Then again, maybe we are just “small men”.