Khabib Nurmagomedov has revealed he has spoken with Cristiano Ronaldo about his dream of becoming a professional footballer.
The Eagle’s love of football – and Real Madrid – is well known and footage of him in action emerged of him playing with pals, including Clarence Seedorf, in the UAE last month.
Khabib has even been offered a professional football deal as he seeks new opportunities following his retirement from mixed martial arts.
FC Kamaz of the Russian Professional Football League (the third tier of Russian football) have offered the former lightweight champion a contract.
And in a recent interview, Khabib, considered one of the greatest in MMA history, revealed he’s been speaking to some of football’s greatest ever about a possible career in the game, calling it a ‘childhood dream’.
He told Match TV: “To play football on a professional level is a childhood dream. Of course, I have such a wish. Football is the king of sports after all.
“Who haven’t I discussed this with! I’ve spoken even with the UEFA president Aleskandr Ceferin, with the owner of PSG, yes and even with Cristiano Ronaldo.”
After helping his cousin pick up his first ever win in the UFC on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi this month, Khabib nipped across to Dubai and even bumped into Liverpool defender Vigril van Dijk, who is recovering from a serious knee injury.
He is also good friends with Ronaldo and revealed who is favourite teams were.
Khabib added: “Spartak of course are great, but that’s domestic level. My dream club is Real Madrid.
“In fact, the first match I remember watching the full 90 minutes, was Real vs Juventus in 1998 [Champions League final]. I remember Mijatovic scored from an offside position, but we still won.”
However, if a career in football is not on the cards, he could make a quick buck from UFC boss Dana White via 1vs1 basketball game with close friend Daniel Cormier.
“These are two guys whom I have a lot of respect for as athletes and as people. And you know what a ball buster Cormier is,” revealing in an interview with Complex magazine that he’d put $10,000 as reward to the winner.
“Bragging rights is all either one of them are gonna want, 10 grand makes it a little more fun.”