​Conor McGregor Says Putin Invited Him To World Cup And Refers To Him As 'One Of The Greatest Leaders'

It's happened, gang. We've reached peak Conor McGregor - who's ditched bragging about money and getting arrested for a moment to direct his energy into getting all political on us. I know, I'm wincing too.

As the World Cup wrapped up and France were crowned 2018's champions, McGregor took his moment to steal a bit of the limelight back, not only saying that Russian president Vladimir Putin invited him to Russia for the big event, but also referring to him as 'one of the greatest leaders of our time'.

Sharing two photos from his time with Putin, he wrote: "Today I was invited to the World Cup final as a guest of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"This man is one of the greatest leaders of our time and I was honored to attend such a landmark event alongside him.

"Today was an honor for me Mr. Putin. Thank you and congratulations on an amazing World Cup."

Credit: Instagram/Conor McGregor
Credit: Instagram/Conor McGregor

Needless to say, the controversial post didn't seem to go down too well with some of his followers, with many commenting to say that they would be unfollowing him.

One person wrote: "I adored him... stood up for him when he made stupid moves.. and now he's fucking supporting Putin. I'm. So. Fucking. Done."

Someone else said: "Greatest leader??!! Are you for real?? Go and educate yourself. Unfollowed."

Another commented: "Not following anymore, didn't know he could talk such bullshit."

And one other person wrote, disappointedly: "One of the greatest leaders of our time. C'mon MC Gregor you're smarter than that."

Credit: Instagram/Conor McGregor
Credit: Instagram/Conor McGregor

Of course, McGregor's no stranger to controversy. Earlier this year he hit headlines after he was filmed attacking a bus carrying fighters in New York City.

He was charged with three counts of assault following an altercation at the Barclay Center.

McGregor was also charged with one count of criminal mischief by New York City Police Department (NYPD) following the incident.

At the time a UFC spokesperson said: "The organisation deems today's disruption completely unacceptable and is currently working on the consequences that will follow.

"UFC is working very closely with the New York Athletic Commission, Barclays Center security and law enforcement authorities."

And UFC President, Dana White, told a press conference: "The only one that's losing a belt here is Conor. Conor is losing the belt."

A typically brazen McGregor responded on Twitter, writing: "You'll strip me of nothing you's do nothing c**ts."

Featured Image Credit: Conor McGregor/Instagram

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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