Cristiano Ronaldo and Conor McGregor found themselves seated together ringside at a recent boxing event. The Day of Reckoning was hosted at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
While the spotlight was on Joshua’s win over Otto Wallin and Wilder’s unexpected defeat against Joseph Parker, fans were quick to notice the interaction between UFC superstar McGregor and football icon Ronaldo.
Taking to social media, Ronaldo shared a candid picture of himself and McGregor smiling. He posted the picture along with the caption: “Best caption wins!”.
Beyond his friendship with McGregor, Ronaldo also praised Saudi Arabia’s efforts in hosting the grand sporting event. He commended the country’s unparalleled vision and execution, applauding the elevation of sports to new heights.
He wrote: “Taking sports to a whole new dimension. Unparalleled vision and execution. Can’t stop being amazed.”
Ronaldo became the first well-known athlete to relocate to Saudi Arabia, after joining Al Nassr of the Saudi Professional League. His move paved the way for other prominent European players to consider opportunities in the Middle East, signaling a potential shift in the football landscape.
Anthony Joshua’s commanding victory over Otto Wallin via TKO stole the spotlight in Riyadh. Despite his success, Joshua maintained focus on the task at hand. He reflected on the importance of staying grounded and respecting his opponents.
He said: “It was just another fight. I respect Otto; I told everyone in the build-up I needed to focus on the man in front of me. It wasn’t a throwback, just another day at the office. I’ll do anything to get the win. All I want to do is be victorious for as long as I can.”
Regarding Wilder’s unexpected loss, Joshua expressed confidence in Wilder’s potential comeback. He said: “I wasn’t watching. I was just focusing on myself. I heard Deontay lost, so what? He’ll be back. I’m going to take the higher ground, and I hope he comes back.”