Cristiano Ronaldo has enjoyed a fine start to life at Juventus ever since touching down from La Liga giants Real Madrid back in the summer transfer window.
The 34-year-old bagged a hat-trick on his last appearance for the Old Lady against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last week.
Ronaldo is widely recognised as being one of the best footballers of all time and, now, UFC fighter Conor McGregor has lauded him.
The 30-year-old told FIFA: “Cristiano is a phenomenal athlete, person, and entrepreneur.
“His all-around discipline, perfectionist attitude, and dedication to his craft is inspiring and has inspired so many young children to play football.
“Just look what he did recently in the Champions League, at 34 years young, a hat-trick under the lights when the pressure was on for all the marbles.
“And against Atletico Madrid, one of the best defensive sides in Europe. That is inspiring!
“We are both disciplined athletes at the top of our game.”
“It’s no surprise, is it?” he said of Messi’s hat-trick against Real Betis on Sunday.
“It’s at this point that lots of Ronaldo fans get really, really annoyed with us.
“They say ‘you wouldn’t be talking about Ronaldo for scoring a hat-trick but you’ll talk about Messi’. We didn’t give him enough.
“Whatever he does, it doesn’t surprise me.
“Whatever we show or talk about with Messi is not a shock for me, it’s just the norm.”