WATCH: Khabib Nurmagomedov Shows off His Soccer Knowledge as He Lists All UEFA Champions League Winners Since 2005

Published 03/04/2021, 9:05 PM EST


Khabib Nurmagomedov is a sportsman at heart. Although MMA is and always will be number one for him, ‘The Eagle’ is an ardent soccer fan. Nurmagomedov is a die-hard fan of the Spanish soccer team, Real Madrid, which is one of the most successful clubs in the sport’s history.

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Nurmagomedov is also good friends with multiple footballers like Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo, among others. During his time away from the sport, Nurmagomedov has been spending a lot more time playing soccer. He was recently spotted at a UEFA Champions League game between FC Barcelona and PSG, where he also met up-and-coming superstar, Kylian Mbappe. 

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The Frenchman was kind enough to present him with a signed jersey. In an Instagram post on the same day, Khabib also mentioned that his childhood dream was to be a professional soccer player. 

But how well does Khabib know the history of the sport? Turns out he knows it extremely well. A recent video of him posted by coach Javier Mendez shows him naming all the clubs that have won the UEFA Champions League since 2005. 

He says, “2005 Liverpool, 2006 Barcelona, 2007 Milan, 2008, Manchester, 2009 Barcelona, 2010 Inter, 2011 Barcelona, 2012 Chelsea, 2013 Bayern Munich, 2014 Real Madrid, 2015 Barcelona, 16,17,18 Real, 19 Liverpool, 20 Bayern Munich.”

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Can Khabib Nurmagomedov’s protege Islam Makhachev shine bright at UFC 259?

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Khabib Nurmagomedov is currently in the fight capital of the world. He is helping his fellow teammate and protege, Islam Makhachev, prepare for his upcoming fight against Drew Dober. Leading up to the fight, ‘The Eagle‘ made a bold prediction that by the end of 2021, Islam Makhachev would be the lightweight champion of the world. 

 Islam has the talent to realize that dream. However, there will be added pressure on him since his mentor has put out quite a bold statement. How will Islam be able to handle the added pressure against Dober this weekend? Will he come out on top and put the lightweight division on notice? Or will he crumble under the weight of expectations? 

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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