The former champion of the “UFC” organization for mixed martial arts, the Russian, Habib Nurmagomedov, spoke about his friendship with Cristiano Ronaldo, and compared the latter with his rival Lionel Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
About his relationship with Ronaldo, Habib said, in statements reported by the Russian sports channel Matchtv: “We constantly correspond with each other and communicate. When we met, the discussion with him was about how to get self-motivation.”
Habib continued: “Ronaldo told me that he would like his eldest son (Cristiano Junior) to outdo him in the world of football, but he is afraid that he will not be able to do so.”
And about the reason for Ronaldo’s fear, Habib said that it is related to the lack of self-motivation in his son.
He explained that the Portuguese star, when he was about the same age as Cristiano Junior (10 years old), dreamed of having simple shoes (to play football), unlike his son, who is currently living a luxurious life.
He added, “Yes, his son has everything, and because of that, he may lack the required motivation .. When you are hungry you have something to fight for, but when you have everything it is difficult to be enthusiastic.”
And about the best between Ronaldo, Messi and Ibrahimovic, Habib said: “I think, I will put Cristiano in the first place.”
He added: “In his own way, Zlatan is also a great footballer, but I think Messi will come in second place of course.”
Habib indicated that he was also in constant contact with Ibrahimovic.
It is noteworthy that Habib, 32, suddenly retired after defeating the American, Justin Gaitji, in the match that brought them together on the 24th of last October in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi, as part of the UFC 254 tournament, achieving his 29th victory in his professional career, Without suffering any defeat.