McGregor was a goal machine before an UFC giant

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.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Rio Ferdinand during a press conference at The Town Hall Hotel on September 19, 2017 in London, England. Retired England international footballer Rio Ferdinand announced at the press conference that he is training to become a professional boxer. Ferdinand will fight a succession of bouts in 2017 and 2018 with the ultimate aim to box for a title belt. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)

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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.”