Khabib Nurmagomedov Reveals Hilarious First Exchange With Cristiano Ronaldo On Instagram
The 31-year-old lightweight champ's relationship with Ronaldo has blossomed in recent years and he even visited Madrid to watch him in action when he played for Los Blancos.
And Khabib recalled how he was surprised when the Juventus superstar decided to follow him on the social media platform.
When asked about his relationship with Ronaldo, the 'Eagle' responded: "Someone told me about that, but I thought it was a joke.
"But then I checked and indeed he subscribed. Then my buddies were like, 'Let's message him.' He replied straight away."
Khabib went on to reveal that Ronaldo had asked him to speak with UFC president Dana White about booking a match between the 'Eagle' and Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 201.
However, the undefeated MMA Russian star previously defeated Dos Anjos in 2014 by unanimous decision.
But Khabib's victory over Dos Anjos left him with the perfect response to the five-time Ballon d'Or winner's initial request.
Khabib continued: "Then we started talking and I don't know why but he asked me if Dana White can match me with Dos Anjos in UFC 201.
"Then I sent him a photo of me beating up Dos Anjos. Then Cristiano sent me a thumbs-up emoji."
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Khabib has remained close with Ronaldo and even sent out important advice to him over his future in football amid rumours that he could retire soon.
"Well, you know, it's hard to leave something you've done your whole life," he said.
"But it doesn't matter whether you want to [retire] or not, the time will come when, if you don't leave the sport, the sport will leave you...
"If you don't leave at the right time, you'll be left behind as there'll be new champions, younger, hungrier, more motivated guys.
"You won't [have the] same motivation and hunger you've had at the beginning of your career towards its end.
"Nobody will be around forever, so it's important to leave at the right time. How old is he? 34? At 35, he won't have the same conditioning and reaction time.
"It doesn't matter if it's Cristiano or Khabib, people will come and take your place. My advice to him, and to me as well, is to leave at the right time.
"I haven't taken advice from him about [training and fitness] because right now I feel good, and when I start to fall behind in some areas, I'll probably consult him.
"But for now, he's performing, I'm performing and we have no problems."
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