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Conor McGregor on Putin: "One of the Greatest Leaders of Our Time"

Sports Illustrated logo Sports Illustrated 7/15/2018 Nihal Kolur
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While attending the World Cup Final in Moscow on Sunday, UFC legend Conor McGregor made sure to greet Russian President Vladimir Putin.

After the game, McGregor posted a picture of himself and the President on Instagram, praising the Russian leader while calling him "one of the greatest leaders of our time."

The caption read: "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."

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McGregor capped off the post by writing, "Go Russia!" in the host country's language.

Russia hosted a successful World Cup over the past month, which culminated in the final between France and Croatia on Sunday. Behind goals from Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe, France cruised to a 4-2 victory with McGregor in attendance.

According to Ryan Harkness of MMA Media, McGregor's rival, Russian star Khabib Nurmagomedov, was also in attendance at Luzhniki Stadium.

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