Francis Ngannou feared getting pranked before meeting ‘super fan’ Cristiano Ronaldo

Francis Ngannou, the former UFC heavyweight champion, had a recent encounter with football icon Cristiano Ronaldo. This unexpected meeting took place earlier this year at a hotel where both were staying. Ngannou discussed their meeting and the bond they’ve developed as sports giants in an interview.

The meeting between Ngannou and Ronaldo wasn’t a random occurrence; it exemplified how sports can bring people together. Ronaldo, with his five Ballon d’Or awards and illustrious football career, has a fondness for MMA, particularly the UFC. Fans are buzzing with excitement as Ngannou prepares to face boxing legend Tyson Fury in the upcoming weekend.

Ngannou’s first meeting with Ronaldo

The story of Ngannou’s initial encounter with Ronaldo took place at the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel, where Ronaldo was staying. Ngannou’s opportunity for this unique meeting arose when he crossed paths with Richie, an associate of Ronaldo. Richie informed Ngannou about Ronaldo’s appreciation for his Octagon skills, which piqued Ronaldo’s interest, leading to an invitation to Ngannou to visit his room.

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Curious if it might be a joke, Ngannou hesitated, thinking, “Is this guy playing a prank on me?” However, once he met the football icon Cristiano Ronaldo, his doubts vanished. Their handshake marked the beginning of a memorable interaction that Ngannou will always cherish. Ronaldo not only recognized Ngannou but was also well-informed about his career. The football star offered Ngannou advice and words of encouragement. This exchange left Ngannou in awe, particularly witnessing Ronaldo’s genuine interest and humility.

Ngannou is not the only star Ronaldo is acquainted with. The Portuguese footballer has hung out with Conor McGregor and Dillon Danis. Moreover, he is close friends with Khabib Nurmagomedov. Nurmagomedov even had an inside scoop on Ronaldo’s sensational transfer from Juventus to Manchester United.

Ngannou receives CR7 gift

Ronaldo’s support for Francis Ngannou didn’t end there. The football star has actively backed Ngannou for his upcoming match against Tyson Fury in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This match has drawn the eyes of celebrities and fans.

Ronaldo gifted Francis Ngannou a luxury watch, demonstrating their friendship. This present marks the bond between two athletes who respect each other’s dedication and skills. As Ngannou prepares for his fight against Fury, he knows he has Ronaldo’s support.

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The bond between Francis Ngannou and Ronaldo is heartwarming. It shows the unity sports can bring, creating connections between diverse individuals. As fans await the Ngannou vs. Fury match, this friendship adds an extra layer of anticipation to the event.

Ronaldo has also gifted customized jerseys to Khabib Nurmagomedov on multiple occasions. He presented Nurmagomedov with a customized jersey bearing the number 7 and the name “Khabib” twice. The first instance was during Ronaldo’s time with Real Madrid, and the second was when he returned to Manchester United after his tenure with Juventus in Italy.

Even with the backing of Cristiano Ronaldo, do you think Francis Ngannou has a chance with Tyson Fury? Comment below!


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