Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter and current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champions, Khabib Nurmagomedov has given his view and advice to footballing superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo on his retirement plans.
The 31-year-old who is a close friend of Ronaldo and even met his son Cristiano Jr in 2018 was attendance for a media event in Russia for MMA promotion Global Fighting Championship when he was asked about his friends desire not to hang up his boots.
And Khabib believes that it is always better to call it quits, when one is at the top rather than seeing other, younger stars overtake you.
“Well you know, it’s hard to leave something you’ve done your whole life. But it doesn’t matter whether you want to [retire] or not, the time will come when if you don’t leave the sport, the sport will leave you,” he said as per RT Sport.
“If you don’t leave at the right time, you’ll be left behind as there’ll be new champions, younger, hungrier, more motivated guys. You won’t same motivation and hunger you’ve had at the beginning of your career towards its end.
“Nobody will be around forever, so it’s important to leave at the right time. How old is he[Ronaldo]? 34? At 35 he won’t have the same conditioning and reaction time. It doesn’t matter if it’s Cristiano or Khabib, people will come and take your place.
“My advice to him, and to me as well, is to leave at the right time. I haven’t taken advice from him about [training and fitness] because right now I feel good, and when I start to fall behind in some areas, I’ll probably consult him. But for now he’s performing, I’m performing and we have no problems.”
It is debatable whether Ronaldo will listen to his advice as the 34-year-old has no plans of hanging up his boots anytime soon as he recently revealed his desire to add to his five Ballon d’Or awards trophy haul.