Cristiano Ronaldo backs Khabib to beat Justin Gatethje as Juventus star says 'of course' UFC champ will retain belt

CRISTIANO RONALDO backed Khabib Nurmagomedov to 'of course' beat Justin Gaethje at UFC 254.

Unbeaten Khabib headlines Fight Island next weekend against interim champion Gaethje in a lightweight unification.

Juventus forward Ronaldo, 35, was asked to predict the outcome of the title fight.

And the Portugal icon – currently self-isolating after testing positive for coronavirus – has tipped Nurmagomedov, 32, to retain his crown.

Ronaldo answered: "Of course, of course, Khabib is going to win!

"My brother! Inshallah!"

The two mega-stars perviously met in 2018, and Nurmagomedov posed with Ronaldo, holding up a Real Madrid jersey.

Ronaldo is a UFC fan, and previously trained with Russian Khabib's former opponent and rival Conor McGregor, 32.

McGregor and the five-time Ballon d'Or met up in Las Vegas in 2016.

Ronaldo then invited the Irishman and his trainer John Kavanagh to Jennifer Lopez's party.

Kavanagh Irish Independant: "We're all there thinking: 'How can Ronaldo invite us to this gig? Who's going to be there?'

"Even in the car as we're driving in: 'Wait! This a terrible mistake. We're going to walk in here and be thrown out by some security guard!'

"We go in and J-Lo catches his [McGregor's] eye and comes running over like a schoolgirl: "Oh! Conor McGregor! Thank you for coming. Let's dance!"

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