‘Tagged Hasbullahs Son’- Man City Star Erling Haaland Uniting With Khabib Nurmagomedov in Abu Dhabi Leaves Fans Surprised

Published 01/23/2024, 5:32 PM EST

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Martial artists are almost universally respected, including by other athletes. Cristiano Ronaldo, for example, is a huge fan of Khabib Nurmagomedov, whose fights he woke up at 4 in the morning to watch. Not to mention him gifting Francis Ngannou a $134,00 watch last year when the UFC champion turned boxer and went to Saudi Arabia for his boxing debut against heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, which he lost by a one-point split decision. And Ronaldo was in attendance to witness it live.

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And it seems the Al-Nasr star is not the only football star who enjoys combat sports. Manchester City and Norway superstar Erling Haaland recently posted pictures of him meeting Khabib Nurmagomedov and fans could not contain themselves.

Erling Haaland meets Khabib Nurmagomedov


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Erling Haaland seems to be making the most of the short break in the Premier League season. The Norwegian has started practice with the first team in Abu Dhabi, after recovering from a stubborn foot injury that has kept him out since the beginning of the year.

And during his Abu Dhabi sojourn, Haaland bumped into former UFC lightweight champion and MMA icon Khabib Nurmagomedov. He posted a picture of him and Khabib and expressed pleasure at having met the legend. “Great to meet this legend here in Abu Dhabi,” Haaland wrote. However, the soccer star tagged the wrong account before correcting it, instead of Nurmagomedov’s official Instagram account, to the delight of fans.


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Fans react to Haaland meeting ‘Khabib’

Fans took to the comments section of Haaland’s account and proceeded to roast the mistake, as well as being delighted to see them together.

One fan joked that Haaland had accidentally tagged diminutive Dagestani internet sensation, Hasbulla’s son:

Bro tagged hasbullahs son

Another felt Haaland would fire his social media person:

Someone is getting fired today 💀

Another imagined being accidentally tagged by one of the greatest athletes in the world:

Imagine being tagged randomly by haaland 💀

One fan urged them to wrestle:

have a wrestle !!!!!

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Another encapsulated the mutual respect between both men with:

Game recognize game 🤝

Another was delighted to see them together:


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Best Photo 💪🏻🔥🔥

Another fan agreed with this sentiment:

Living legend👑🔥


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What do you think about their meeting? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.



Written by:

Kanishk Thakur


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Hi, I am Kanishk and I am a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. I love telling the stories of these magnificent fighters and this wildly unpredictable sport that is so frustrating and yet so joyous at the same time. I never really used to watch MMA, thinking it too crude or brutal a sport to deserve respect.
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Gokul Pillai




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