Khabib Nurmagomedov claims Cristiano Ronaldo would have change into a UFC champion had he been born in his native Dagestan.
Ronaldo is taken into account one of the best soccer gamers of all time after massively profitable scoring spells with Manchester United, Real Madrid, the Portuguese nationwide staff and now Juventus.
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Ronaldo and Khabib are good pals
But former UFC star Khabib believes the Portugal captain would have had a distinct profession path – contained in the Octagon – had he been born in his dwelling Russian province.
In an Instagram submit of himself at Camp Nou as he watched Kylian Mbappe tear Barcelona aside in the Champions League earlier this week, Khabib wrote: “I have beloved football since I was a child and all the time dreamed of turning into footballer.
“But I was born in Dagestan and also you yourselves know what the precedence is.
“Who is aware of, possibly if Cristiano Ronaldo had been born in Dagestan, he would have change into UFC champion as effectively.
“I imply football is a sport and I turned a fighter by chance. Just kidding, not by chance.
“I’ll sooner or later inform you about my very own obsession with football as a baby and the way, sitting in sixth grade, I wrote in my pocket book 200 football names (there was no web on the time).
“I was delighted to be at this legendary stadium and to see such a battle in real life.”
Khabib retired from combined martial arts after defeating Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 final October.
Khabib Nurmagomedov signed his UFC profession with a second spherical submission from Gaethje final October
And the 32-year-old hopes to change into a professional footballer sooner or later.
He instructed Match TV: “Playing football at a professional stage is a childhood dream.
“Of course, I have such a want. Football is the king of sport in any case.
“Who haven’t I discussed this with?” I even spoke with UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, with the proprietor of PSG [Tamim bin Hamad Al Than], sure and even with Cristiano Ronaldo.