McGregor was a goal machine before an UFC giant

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - OCTOBER 05: Conor McGregor poses during a ceremonial weigh-in for UFC 229 at T-Mobile Arena on October 05, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor will challenge UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov for his title at UFC 229 on October 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - OCTOBER 05: Conor McGregor poses during a ceremonial weigh-in for UFC 229 at T-Mobile Arena on October 05, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor will challenge UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov for his title at UFC 229 on October 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The Irishman follows football since he was a little kid, and he used to be a mean goalscoring machine before becoming a UFC giant.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) champion Conor McGregor is one of the greatest fighters in the whole world.

He might even be one of the best in history.

But before becoming a UFC champion, he used to play football.

“Throughout my youth, I was big into football. I played striker or midfielder. If you were to sum me up as a player, I was efficient, devastating and slick – similar to my fighting style,” he told FIFA.

“Skills learned at this youthful age playing football – teamwork, leadership, commitment, dedication and discipline – without a doubt transferred over into my combat sports vocation.”

“I believe anyone can do anything if they believe in their goal and are dedicated to their craft,” he said about how he could have become a professional footballer.

“This holds to a young boy or girl wanting to be a football player, doctor, scientist, astronaut or musician.”

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“Whatever it be, you can have it! Become obsessed over it – you can have anything you want if you want it badly enough,” he continued.”

“I was more a player than a watcher back then, but Manchester United was my team.”

“It was only the other day I came across an old picture of myself wearing that infamous grey United jersey, which I bought with my [First Holy] Communion money at eight years of age,” he said.

“I see my son when I look at that photo. I’d love to know where it is now. A truly ‘Notorious’ football jersey! I was attracted to the success and winning mentality of the club and people surrounded by United.”