The Portuguese footballer dedicated a few heartfelt words to him after the victory and the announcement of goodbye.
It was a special night for Khabib Nurmagomedov: he beat Justin gaethje by submission at the evening of UFC 254 in Yas Island (United Arab Emirates) and then broke down in tears remembering his father, who died recently from coronavirus, and announced his retirement of martial arts.
Cristiano Ronaldo, a friend of the Russian fighter, was glued to the screen following the fight like another fan of the UFC. And after Khabib announced that he would no longer climb the octagon, the Portuguese left him an emotional message through his networks.
“Congratulations, brother. Your father is proud.”wrote the Juventus forward. Khabib’s father and coach, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, died last July from Covid-19, in a military hospital in Moscow.
“This is my last fight. I can’t come back here without my father,” were the 32-year-old’s words after the fight in which he fainted his rival.
Cristiano, for his part, tested positive again in the new swab that was performed, so he would be staying out of next Wednesday’s game between the Juve and Lionel Messi’s Barcelona, for the Champions League.
But there is still one hope: the last test It will be this Tuesday, hours before the game with Barsa and just 14 days after his first positive. If it is negative, there will be a Messi-Cristiano cross for the first time since the Portuguese left Real Madrid.