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Conor McGregor places enormous £365,000 bet as he backs Lionel Messi to ‘follow in my footsteps’ at Copa America

CONOR MCGREGOR has played an enormous £350,000 bet on Lionel Messi to win the Copa America.

Argentina finished top of Group A at the tournament in the United States.

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Conor McGregor has made a huge bet on Argentina[/caption]

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The UFC star is backing the team to win Copa America[/caption]

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He has staked £350k on them to win the tournament[/caption]

Lionel Scaloni‘s side won all three of their matches without conceding a single goal.

Argentina headed into the tournament among the favourites, having won the World Cup in 2022.

Messi, 37, has only featured in two games so far and has provided one assist.

The Notorious is confident that Argentina can go all the way to retain their title.

The UFC fighter has made a bet on the team to win their 16th Copa America worth a staggering £350k.

He shared the bet slip on Instagram, which showed that he could be set to win a payout worth £1,003,750.

He captioned the post: “The World Cup Champs, Argentina, aim to follow in The Mac’s footsteps by becoming The Champ Champs by lifting The Copa América trophy.

“The OG Champ Champ is behind you!”

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McGregor became the first fighter to hold UFC titles in multiple divisions after he beat Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205.

Fans reacted to the Irishman’s post as they wished him luck with his eye-watering stake.


One posted: “Best of luck.”

A second wrote: “I love you, Notorious. Thanks for trusting us.”

A third commented: “Bro bet 1/3 million dollars like nothing.”

A fourth said: “Bros onto side missions.”

Another added: “You have too much faith bro.”

There has already been plenty of drama at the tournament this year.

Former Chelsea star Christian Pulisic was snubbed by referees after he tried to shake their hands after the USA were beaten by Uruguay.

West Ham star Lucas Paqueta suffered the misfortune of horror penalty as he blazed his effort over the bar against Paraguay.

Inside McGregor’s Notorious lifestyle

With more sides to his personality than an Octagon, Conor McGregor’s rise has been an enthralling watch.

Going from UFC icon to entrepreneur and Hollywood star, the Irishman has transcended the sport he helped bring to the masses.

He has four children with fiancee Dee Devlin and the family enjoy a lavish lifestyle.

McGregor has not fought in UFC since breaking his leg in a trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier in 2021.

That has not stopped him amassing a net worth of over £150m thanks to his Proper No Twelve whiskey and fashion line.

And he is due to return to the Octagon at UFC 303 in an eagerly-awaited headline clash with Michael Chandler.

McGregor also starred alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in the Amazon Prime remake of classic movie Road House, although he is dreading his mum seeing one X-rated scene.

Notorious turned up to the premiere in a £60,000 suit that was outdone by his £460k watch.

The only thing sharper than his fashion sense is his tongue and the Dubliner has several bitter spats under his belt, including with UFC legend Khabib Nurmagomedov.

That row led to one of his biggest controversies in 2018 as he travelled 3,000 miles to confront Khabib in a vicious attack on his bus.

He pleaded guilty to assault after punching a man in a pub in 2018 and had his £150k Bentley seized by police for driving offences four years later.

Joe Rogan lashed out at McGregor in a four-letter outburst and the Irishman has also fired shots at Jake Paul, KSI and Tommy Fury.

Boxing great Floyd Mayweather also has McGregor on his enemy list after the pair clashed in a cross-sport bout in 2017.

Read all of our latest Conor McGregor stories.

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