UFC icon Khabib Nurmagomedov says Cristiano Ronaldo told him he was ‘bored’ at Juventus in a chat they had before the forward returned to Manchester United.
Cristiano Ronaldo returns to Manchester United after three seasons with Juventus and six seasons with Real Madrid.
The 36-year-old forward has signed a two-year contract at the Theater of Dreams and could make his second debut this weekend as third-placed United return to Premier League action against Newcastle United.
Former UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov claims the transfer didn’t surprise him. Because he claimed to have known one month earlier.
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“A month ago, he told me he was moving to Manchester United,” he told reporters at the New Knowledge Marathon in Moscow.
“I expected this deal to happen. I think Manchester United is a better fit for Cristiano Ronaldo than Juventus . For me, the transition was not surprising.”
Khabib expanded on this conversation during an interview with RT Sport MMA this week and revealed new details from the chat, with Ronaldo allegedly telling him he was ‘bored’ after three years in Italy with Juventus.
“I don’t really want to divulge our private chat. Well, he told me he was bored in Italy and he wanted to move to England,” said the Russian.
I like the Premier League.”
“No matter which team plays, it’s always a spectacle.”
Greater Than Messi
Asked if he thought Ronaldo was better than Lionel Messi, Khabib replied: “Yes, I think so.”
“Messi also played very well. He is one of the best players ever. I think they are at the same level in terms of skill, but Cristiano has more charisma.”
Ronaldo, who has taken over the No.7 shirt from Edinson Cavani, will become the highest-paid player in the Premier League with a lucrative wage of £480,000 per week.
United fans will be eagerly awaiting Ronaldo’s return to form this weekend but, according to The Sun , the Portugal international may have to settle for a place on the bench.
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Premier League: Gareth Bale Optimistic that Cristiano Ronaldo will be back at Manchester United
Support for Cristiano Ronaldo who will return to his career with Manchester United was voiced by his former Real Madrid teammate, Gareth Bale. The Welshman believes CR7 is still able to show the best performance in his second period with the Red Devils.
Cristiano Ronaldo rejoined Manchester United after being brought in from Juventus for a transfer fee of 15 million euros, plus an additional 8 million euros.
Cristiano Ronaldo has also started attending Manchester United’s training session and is expected to make his second debut with the Red Devils in the match against Newcastle United this weekend.
In order to get the opportunity to debut, Cristiano Ronaldo is willing to go home earlier from his duties with the Portugal national team, which is undergoing the 2022 World Cup Qualification match in the European zone.
Many fans are looking forward to the moment how Cristiano Ronaldo will perform when he returns to Manchester United after a long time away to play for Real Madrid and Juventus.
Gareth Bale’s Confidence
Gareth Bale played alongside Cristiano Ronaldo for five seasons at Real Madrid. The Welshman also feels confident the 36-year-old striker will return to shine in the Premier League, a competition he has left for 12 years.
The performance he has shown with Manchester United makes Gareth Bale sure that Cristiano Ronaldo will have no trouble adapting again to the atmosphere in the Premier League.
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“I’m sure he will do well. He’s already proven that in the Premier League so he understands the league.” Bale said as quoted by The Sun .
“He has done everything in football. His goalscoring ability is unmatched by anyone, so I’m sure he will come in, do well and score a lot of goals.”
“Just like everyone else, I’m also happy to see it. I’m sure,” he continued.