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Khabib Nurmagomedov shares picture of broken foot taken before win over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254

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Khabib Nurmagomedov has revealed the extent of the damage to his broken foot just 16 days out from his win over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254. 

The undefeated Russian showed no ill effects during his second-round submission victory, after which he stunned the MMA world by retiring having promised his mother it would be the last fight without late father Abdulmanap there. 

Khabib has now shared pictures on his Instagram page, one of an X-ray of a broken toe and another snap of his swollen left foot. 

Khabib Nurmagomedov posted a photo of his broken foot from before his UFC 254 win

Khabib Nurmagomedov posted a photo of his broken foot from before his UFC 254 win

Khabib Nurmagomedov posted a photo of his broken foot from before his UFC 254 win 

The lightweight champion defended his belt in style in spite of the broken toe

The lightweight champion defended his belt in style in spite of the broken toe

The lightweight champion defended his belt in style in spite of the broken toe 

Khabib retired undefeated and it was only subsequently revealed that he had been injured

Khabib retired undefeated and it was only subsequently revealed that he had been injured

Khabib retired undefeated and it was only subsequently revealed that he had been injured

Both pictures have the dates written on by Khabib, one on October 7 and the other October 8. 

It is yet to be revealed how much the injury hindered his training in the run-up to his lightweight title defence against Gaethje but the performance itself was typically dominant. 

UFC president Dana White was the first man to reveal the news in his post-fight press conference. 

He said: ‘What this guy’s been through, we’re all lucky that we got to see him fight tonight.

‘And I’m hearing rumours of other things that I didn’t know about that you guys will hear about when he comes out later. Apparently, he was in the hospital. He broke his foot. Three weeks ago.

Khabib sunk in a triangle chock to put Gaethje away in the second round of their title fight

Khabib sunk in a triangle chock to put Gaethje away in the second round of their title fight

Khabib sunk in a triangle chock to put Gaethje away in the second round of their title fight 

‘He has two broken toes and a bone in his foot that’s broken, or something like that. That’s what his corner was telling me. 

‘He is one of the toughest human beings on the planet and he’s the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world.’ 

Khabib absorbed some heavy leg kicks from Gaethje in the fight but his injured foot appeared to hold up well. Perhaps if the fight had moved into the championship rounds there would have been more of an issue.

In any event, the champion took Gaethje down in the second round and swiftly locked up a triangle choke, opting against an arm-bar as he did not want to inflict unnecessary pain on Gaethje in front of his watching parents, according to Daniel Cormier. 

The champion overcame so many obstacles prior to the contest and was emotional afterwards

The champion overcame so many obstacles prior to the contest and was emotional afterwards

The champion overcame so many obstacles prior to the contest and was emotional afterwards

Khabib was clearly overcome with emotion in the immediate aftermath, thinking about his late father Abdulmanap who also trained him from the age of three. 

He regathered his composure to announce his retirement during his interview in the octagon and even those closest to him, including head coach Javier Mendez, had no idea. 

Khabib departs the sport at the top of his game and even if he never returns, will be remembered as one of the greats. 

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Diego Maradona died on November 25 – the same day on which fellow footballing great George Best passed away 15 years ago

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DIEGO MARADONA sadly died on November 25 – the same day on which fellow footballing great George Best passed away 15 years ago.

Best, who helped Manchester United win the European Cup in 1968, was confirmed dead age 59 in 2005 after his long battle with alcoholism.

Diego Maradona sadly died on November 25

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Diego Maradona sadly died on November 25Credit: Reuters
Football legend George Best passed away on November 25, 2005

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Football legend George Best passed away on November 25, 2005Credit: PA:Press Association

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And now his reality TV star son Callum paid tribute to Argentine icon Maradona after the devastating news of his passing.

Callum, 39, tweeted: “Sad day ! What a icon , what a loss . What a team they will have up there.”

It comes after the shock news yesterday that Maradona – notorious for his infamous ‘hand of god’ goal against England – died at his home on the outskirts of Buenos Aires.

His death comes two weeks after surgery following a bleed on the brain.

Maradona – who turned 60 last month –  has suffered a long battle with his health forcing him to make numerous trips to hospital in recent months.

His last words before he died were “Me siento mal” or “I don’t feel well” in English.

Maradona had gone back to bed after having breakfast with his nephew Johnny Esposito and telling him he was going to lie back down.

A nurse treating him at home later called an ambulance but he could not be saved, according to local reports.

Argentine President Alberto Fernandez declared three days of national mourning in honour of the star, who was a cultural icon and national hero.

Thousands of grieving fans took to the streets in Buenos Aires and Naples, and a minute’s silence before last night’s games in the Champions League.

Superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were among the masses paying tribute to Maradona.

And so did Brazilian great Pele – with whom Maradona was regularly paired as the best of all time.

He said: “I have lost a dear friend, and the world has lost a legend. One day, I hope, we will play soccer together in the sky.”

Messi wrote: “A very sad day for all Argentines and for football.

Maradona coaches Lionel Messi while in charge with Argentina

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Maradona coaches Lionel Messi while in charge with Argentina Credit: Reuters
Maradona and Pele were regularly paired as the best of all time

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Maradona and Pele were regularly paired as the best of all timeCredit: AP:Associated Press

“He leaves us but does not leave, because Diego is eternal.

“I keep all the beautiful moments lived with him and I wanted to take the opportunity to send my condolences to all his family and friends.”

Ronaldo added: “Today I say goodbye to a friend and the world says goodbye to an eternal genius.

“One of the best ever. An unparalleled magician.

“He leaves too soon, but leaves a legacy without limits and a void that will never be filled. Rest in peace, ace. You will never be forgotten.”

England captain Harry Kane said: “Privileged to have met him. Very sad news. RIP Diego Maradona.”

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Sergio Aguero tweets tribute to Diego Maradona, who was his son’s grandfather

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Sergio Aguero has paid tribute to his former father-in-law and Argentine icon Diego Maradona following his tragic death at the age of 60 on Wednesday.

Football was left in a state of shock after Maradona passed away following a cardiac arrest, which came just a fortnight after he had surgery on his brain, and tributes immediately poured in throughout the world.

And Manchester City striker Aguero, after his involvement against Olympiacos in the Champions League on Wednesday, penned a poignant message on social media in honour of Maradona.

Sergio Aguero paid tribute to his former father-in-law Diego Maradona following his death

Sergio Aguero paid tribute to his former father-in-law Diego Maradona following his death

Sergio Aguero paid tribute to his former father-in-law Diego Maradona following his death

Aguero wrote on Twitter: 'We are never going to forget you. You will always be with us.'

Aguero wrote on Twitter: 'We are never going to forget you. You will always be with us.'

Aguero wrote on Twitter: ‘We are never going to forget you. You will always be with us.’

Legendary footballer Maradona (above) passed away at the age of 60 after a cardiac arrest

Legendary footballer Maradona (above) passed away at the age of 60 after a cardiac arrest

Legendary footballer Maradona (above) passed away at the age of 60 after a cardiac arrest

Alongside a picture of the pair embracing and Maradona winning the World Cup in 1986, Aguero captioned his Twitter post: ‘We are never going to forget you. You will always be with us. #GraciasDiego RIP.’

Earlier in the evening, Pep Guardiola described the late Maradona as one of the ‘few incredible players’ in football history. 

The Manchester City manager joined the world of football in paying tribute to Maradona after his side beat Olympiacos on Wednesday night, while Guardiola also gave his public support to striker Aguero, who is the Argentinian’s former son-in-law.

Pep Guardiola also paid tribute to Maradona after the Argentine's death on Wednesday

Pep Guardiola also paid tribute to Maradona after the Argentine's death on Wednesday

Pep Guardiola also paid tribute to Maradona after the Argentine’s death on Wednesday

Aguero was married to Gianinna Maradona, the youngest daughter of the former Argentine footballer who was there at the birth of the couple’s son Benjamin in 2009. 

The couple separated in 2012 with Aguero and Maradona reportedly falling out, but Guardiola still sent his thoughts and prayers to the Manchester City striker’s family.

The Spaniard told BT Sport on Wednesday night: ‘First (I think about) Sergio. His son, Diego was his grandfather. 

‘There was a banner in Argentina which says, “It doesn’t matter what you have done in your life, it matters what you have done in our lives.” Imagine what Maradona would have done in our generation (of football). 

‘There are few incredible players in our history, he’s one of them. He was someone who made this sport better. On behalf on Manchester City a big hug for all his family.’

Guardiola gave his support to City striker Aguero (pictured here with his son Benjamin)

Guardiola gave his support to City striker Aguero (pictured here with his son Benjamin)

Guardiola gave his support to City striker Aguero (pictured here with his son Benjamin)

Maradona was best known for his stunning attacking displays for Argentina, playing an integral role in the country’s 1986 World Cup triumph in Mexico, including two goals against England in the quarter-finals. 

The Argentine is also a cult-hero at Napoli and Boca Juniors, winning two Serie A titles with the former in 1987 and 1990 along with the 1989 UEFA Cup. 

Before joining the Italian side, Maradona spent two seasons at Barcelona and scored 38 goals in 58 games whilst playing for the Catalans.

Maradona is known for his time at Napoli - but also spent two seasons at Barcelona (above)

Maradona is known for his time at Napoli - but also spent two seasons at Barcelona (above)

Maradona is known for his time at Napoli – but also spent two seasons at Barcelona (above)

Guardiola (above) came through the Barcelona ranks just after Maradona left Barcelona

Guardiola (above) came through the Barcelona ranks just after Maradona left Barcelona

Guardiola (above) came through the Barcelona ranks just after Maradona left Barcelona

While former Barcelona midfielder Guardiola admitted he never played with Maradona, the Spanish manager understands the impact the legendary forward had on the game.  

Guardiola added: ‘When I arrived at the Barcelona academy, he left for Napoli and he was there before. 

‘It was a short time but the impact was not like what it was like in Argentina, in Boca or in Napoli but what he has done in the world of football is incredible.

‘In Argentina, people know (what he’s done). But he was one of the best for many people. There have been others (such as) Pele but he’s one of them. 

Maradona was an inspirational figure in Argentina, helping them win the 1986 World Cup

Maradona was an inspirational figure in Argentina, helping them win the 1986 World Cup

Maradona was an inspirational figure in Argentina, helping them win the 1986 World Cup

‘His influence in football and how he lived his professional, it’s difficult to find a personal player who loves the game more. It’s a sad day for football.’

The Argentinian Government have announced three days of mourning following Maradona’s death, while the residents of Napoli are flooding the streets of their city to pay tribute to their former forward.

Meanwhile, Guardiola’s City beat Olympiacos 1-0 on Wednesday evening thanks to a first-half goal form Phil Foden. 

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‘It’s a crime’: Jurgen Klopp takes a swipe at BT Sport for scheduling early kick-off for Liverpool

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Jurgen Klopp hit out at the Premier League schedule once again but refused to blame the fixture list for Liverpool‘s shock 2-0 defeat by Atalanta on Wednesday.

The Reds blew the chance to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages with two games to spare as goals from Josip Ilicic and Robin Gosens gave the Italian side a 2-0 win at Anfield

It was Liverpool’s first home loss in a 90 minute match since September 2018, with the Premier League champions failing to register a shot on target.

Jurgen Klopp hit out at at the fixture list once again after Liverpool lost 2-0 to Atalanta

Jurgen Klopp hit out at at the fixture list once again after Liverpool lost 2-0 to Atalanta

Jurgen Klopp hit out at at the fixture list once again after Liverpool lost 2-0 to Atalanta

Two second-half goals consigned a much-changed Liverpool side to a rare defeat at Anfield

Two second-half goals consigned a much-changed Liverpool side to a rare defeat at Anfield

Two second-half goals consigned a much-changed Liverpool side to a rare defeat at Anfield

Klopp, whose Liverpool side travel to Brighton for the 12.30pm kick-off on Saturday, claimed his side lacked intensity as they negotiate a packed fixture list between now and Christmas.

He told BT Sport after the Atalanta game: ‘I’m afraid to say but I think it (running out of steam) could happen not only to us but to other teams as well.

‘You (BT Sport) my special friends ask us to go on Saturday at 12.30pm which is nearly a crime to be honest. It has nothing to do with the game tonight but congratulations for that.

‘My only interest in the moment is that I get a thumbs up, nobody injured, let’s recover immediately. We take it.

Klopp's side now need to recover quickly to take on Brighton in the Saturday 12.30pm kick-off

Klopp's side now need to recover quickly to take on Brighton in the Saturday 12.30pm kick-off

Klopp’s side now need to recover quickly to take on Brighton in the Saturday 12.30pm kick-off

The German manager described this week's schedule for the Brighton game as a 'crime'

The German manager described this week's schedule for the Brighton game as a 'crime'

The German manager described this week’s schedule for the Brighton game as a ‘crime’

‘The boys are completely disappointed, frustrated, really, but we don’t have time for it to be honest. It’s just get fresh legs as quick as possible and go again, that’s it.’

Klopp – along with his rivals Pep Guardiola and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – has been critical of the Premier League schedule in recent weeks, with all three managers taking aim at broadcasters over kick-off times following Champions League action.

After Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Leicester last weekend, Klopp hit out at Sky Sports and BT in an angry rant, saying: ‘It was never about us when I spoke about it. It’s about all the players, England players, players who play next summer in the European Championships. 

‘But if you (Sky) don’t start talking to BT then we’re all done. Sky and BT have to talk because if we keep playing on Wednesday and then Saturday (at) 12:30, I’m not sure if we will finish the season with 11 players – all the top seven.

‘But I know you (the broadcasters) don’t care and that’s the problem.

Klopp demanded BT and Sky Sports talk to find a solution over kick-off times last weekend

Klopp demanded BT and Sky Sports talk to find a solution over kick-off times last weekend

Klopp demanded BT and Sky Sports talk to find a solution over kick-off times last weekend

‘No it’s not wrong to say it because we’ve discussed it for a long time already and nothing’s happened.

‘Everyone tells me it’s really difficult but it’s really difficult for the players, the rest is just a decision on a desk in an office.

‘I’m happy about the game but we lost another midfielder (Keita). Also on the bench we don’t have a lot but that’s the situation.

‘But it’s not about us I don’t talk about Liverpool, I talk about all the football players out there. Yesterday, (Gerard) Pique massive knee injury. (Bukayo) Saka, maybe, I’m not sure, looked like a knee injury – he played all three games for England during the international break.

‘Now people tell us to rotate players but who? We have some offensive players but the rest are kids.

‘It’s a massive problem. Wednesday and Saturday 12:30 is a broadcaster problem and nothing else. We play against Atalanta on Wednesday and then 12:30 (Saturday) against Brighton. It’s an early Christmas present. We will show up there shaking. I think about sending the points. That’s how it is.

‘Gentlemen, start talking and start making decisions. I know it’s not you. I like the relationship with you.

‘If someone tells me again about contracts I’ll go really nuts. Because these contracts aren’t made for a Covid season.

‘We all have to adapt. You stand here with a face mask, a year ago did you think you would have to go somewhere with a face mask and interview like this?

‘That’s the situation so everything’s changed but the contract with the broadcasters is still: ‘We have this, so we keep this’. What? Everything changed, the whole world changed!’

Despite the short amount of time between matches this season, Liverpool have begun the season well and are level on points with Premier League leaders Tottenham – but a lengthy injury list has threatened to damage their campaign. 

With the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Thiago Alcantara out with long-term issues, Klopp rested the likes of Roberto Firmino, Andy Robertson and Diogo Jota from the starting line-up against Atalanta.

But Klopp claimed that the Champions League tie on Wednesday was so intense that his back-up players struggled to keep up with proceedings at Anfield. 

Klopp claimed his back-up players struggled to keep up with Atalanta on Wednesday night

Klopp claimed his back-up players struggled to keep up with Atalanta on Wednesday night

Klopp claimed his back-up players struggled to keep up with Atalanta on Wednesday night

The German added: ‘Usually when the first half is done you’re settled a bit more but for some players who didn’t play for a while you could see it was very intense for them so we didn’t really find a way in the game to create. 

‘We didn’t have enough bodies between the lines, not enough bodies in behind and all these kind of things.

‘I’m not surprised. It’s difficult to win a game (when you don’t have a shot on target.’

BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand did not have much sympathy for Klopp after he ranted about the fixture list once again.

BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand (above) had little sympathy for Klopp after the final whistle

BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand (above) had little sympathy for Klopp after the final whistle

BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand (above) had little sympathy for Klopp after the final whistle

The former Manchester Untied defender argued: ‘Everyone’s in the same boat. It doesn’t make it right but when you look at the depth of his squad, they’re sitting in a better position than most. 

‘With the schedule they’ve had of late and they’ve had a few injuries as well, it’s a challenge and you can understand the frustrations. He’s the loudest-speaking at the moment.’ 

Former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch added: ‘The clubs agreed to it (the fixture list) at the start of the season and we are in unprecedented circumstances. 

‘Managers have complained about lots of games since the beginning of time. I remember Sir Alex Ferguson used to go on about international games a lot. It will always continue.’ 

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