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Khabib Nurmagomedov calls former Manchester United star ‘The beast’ for scoring in top derbies

Khabib Nurmagomedov rates Zlatan Ibrahimovic highly

Khabib Nurmagomedov seems to be a huge fan of Zlatan Ibrahimovic

UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov seems to be a huge fan of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Russian shared a collage of Ibrahimovic from his performances at several clubs. The Swede has featured for some of the biggest teams in the world and has scored in almost every big derby he has played.

Ibra is 38 but he is still going strong. He is currently back in Italy playing for AC Milan and is still scoring for fun.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is still going strong
AC Milan’s Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic takes part in a training session of Swedish league team Hammarby IF at Tele 2 Arena on April 17, 2020 in Stockholm (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)

Khabib’s collage featured Ibra scoring for Manchester United, Juventus, Inter Milan, PSG, Ajax and Barcelona.

The Swede has also scored goals for the LA Galaxy and has tons for the national team too. While Zlatan is considered as one of the greatest to play the game, Khabib put up the moniker ‘The beast’ for the 38-year-old.

Khabib share this picture of Zlatan
Khabib share this picture of Zlatan (Instagram)

The UFC  star would know a thing or two about top athletes in the world, but he has a big clash waiting in the wings.

Khabib vs Gaethje

While Italian football has plans to return soon and we should see Zlatan in action, the same cannot be said about Khabib.

The Lightweight Champion is stuck in Russia due to the coronavirus, and will only return later in the year. Khabib takes a few months after Ramadan off to get into shape, and he has a big clash on his hands.

Khabib Nurmagomedov faces Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 in his next fight
Mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov gives a press conference in Moscow on November 26, 2018 (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images)

His replacement for UFC 249, Justin Gaethje, picked up the interim title against Tony Ferguson. Now, we should have a unification bout between Khabib and Gaethje soon.

The American was the slight underdog against Ferguson but dominated El Cucuy for almost the entirety of the match.

Khabib vs Gaethje might not have the same appeal as Khabib vs Ferguson. However, no one can take the American lightly after his UFC 249 performance.

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Written by Saiyed Adeem Karim

Ditching a corporate job to follow a dream isn't easy, but when football comes calling, who can say no? Been following the beautiful game since 1998. Liverpool addict, F1 fanatic!

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