Khabib Nurmagomedov has revealed how he talks to Cristiano Ronaldo ‘almost every day’ and how the Juventus star worries about his son.
The former UFC star has been pictured with Ronaldo on several occasions and it looks like their friendship has blossomed.
The Russian fighter spoke with YouTuber KraSava about what they talked about when they met.
Khabib said, “We talk a few times, almost every day, but when we first met we had a conversation about where our motivation came from. He told me he wanted his son to be his successor.
“When Cristiano was a child, he could only dream of having a simple pair of boots. But her son has it all. He fears that his son will not feel the same hunger, the same willpower.
“People are guided by this will. Feel the desire to accomplish things. When you have everything, it’s hard to find the right motivation.
“When he told me that, I’m not going to say I was surprised, but I enjoyed listening to him. I realized that he is a person who does not settle for one, two or three titles. “
Khabib, 32, is officially retired from MMA with a perfect 29-0 record after beating Justin Gaethje last year.
He has vowed not to continue after his father’s death but could be tempted by a UFC comeback to reach 30-0.
Ronaldo shows few signs of decline despite turning 36 last month.
He is Serie A’s top scorer with 20 goals in just 21 games this season, although Juventus are nowhere near the pace for the title.
Khabib thinks Ronaldo will continue for a bit.
He added: “He recently won his 30th title, he’s the all-time leading scorer.
“I think he will still be here for another two or three seasons.”