UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov heaps praise on Muslim ‘icon’ Mohamed Salah

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SHARED FAITH

The 30-year-old Russian has proudly declared his faith throughout his mixed martial arts career and said he admires the Liverpool star

Russia’s UFC lightweight king Khabib Nurmagomedov has lauded his fellow Muslim Mohamed Salah as an “icon” of their religion.

The 30-year-old has proudly declared his faith throughout his mixed martial career, including during the build-up to his last bout in which he conquered former champion Conor McGregor.

Khabib Nurmagomedov is a proud of his Islamic background

Khabib Nurmagomedov is a proud of his Islamic background

Now, while enjoying the victory tour for that bout, Khabib has spoken of his admiration for Salah, who he believes also represents Islam in positive fashion.

“I follow him but I haven’t met him before. He’s a great player, we want many role models like him,” Nurmagomedov said.

“They reflect the true image of our ethics. I feel that Allah is standing with [Salah], and our new generations need those who are like Mohamed Salah to learn humility, no matter how famous and innovative you are.

“He’s an icon that we must protect, and we stand behind him so he can continue to succeed. I admire him and the ethics and values he spreads every day in Europe,” he concluded.

Mo Salah often celebrates goals with a nod to his religion

Mo Salah often celebrates goals with a nod to his religion

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