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UFC Legend Khabib Nurmagomedov Scores Goal And Pays Tribute To Ronaldo Nazario With Iconic Celebration

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UFC Legend Khabib Nurmagomedov Scores Goal And Pays Tribute To Ronaldo Nazario With Iconic Celebration

Khabib Nurmagomedov channeled his inner Ronaldo Nazario when playing football and received the seal of approval from the main man himself.

The former UFC lightweight champion, who went 29-0 in his stunning MMA career, has been enjoying retirement by playing plenty of football.

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And in a new video posted on social media, the staunch Real Madrid supporter can be seen showing off his skills before slotting into an empty net while playing with his friends.

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He followed up the left-footed finish by doing the iconic finger-wagging celebration fans were accustomed to seeing from 'R9' - a two-time Ballon d'Or winner and one of the best strikers in football history.

He captioned the clip, "Who remembers the Ronaldo of 2008, put on a bit of weight but still with firepower."

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Having been tagged, 'O Fenomeno' himself commented on the post with a slew of clapping emojis, while Clarence Seedorf, Khabib's late father's favourite player, also gave him props.

A friend of Cristiano Ronaldo's, Khabib was in attendance at the Nou Camp for Paris Saint-Germain's 4-1 win away at Barcelona and ended up getting hat-trick hero Kylian Mbappe's shirt - while he also communicates with Erling Haaland on Instagram.

Khabib, a footballing oracle who can name all Ballon d'Or and Champions League winners with ease, received an offer to play football professionally with Russian second tier side FC Kamaz and still dreams of making it.

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Image: PA
Image: PA

"To play football on a professional level is a childhood dream," he told Match.TV.

"Of course, I have such a wish. Football is the king of sports after all," declared Nurmagomedov.

"Who haven't I discussed this with! I've spoken even with the UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, with the owner of PSG, yes and even with Cristiano Ronaldo.

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"For me, football is the number one sport. When I was a child, I dreamed of being a football player and I have always watched football.

"In a way, football is better (than MMA), you don't have to fight or smash somebody - you just go onto grass and show everyone what you are capable of doing professionally.

"Of course, it is hard but I like it more, more than UFC, more than MMA."

Topics: Khabib Nurmagomedov, Ronaldo Nazario, Football, UFC

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