Cape Town - UFC superstar Conor McGregor has hailed Cristiano Ronaldo as a phenomenal athlete, even at the age of 34, and urged Manchester United to appoint Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on a permanent basis.
Speaking to FIFA.com McGregor discussed Ronaldo and his affection for boyhood team Manchester United and their current managerial situation.
The Irishman praised Ronaldo's heroics to inspire Juventus to a comeback win over Atletico Madrid and how the Portuguese international continues to defy age.
"Cristiano is a phenomenal athlete, person, and entrepreneur," McGregor said. "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."
McGregor also encouraged Man United to appoint Soskjaer permanently after the impressive job he has done to turn the club's fortunes around since replacing Jose Mourinho at the helm.
"Ole Gunnar is a special man!" McGregor added. "I think he’s done an incredible job with United. They have to give him the job permanently. You can feel the pride and passion he has for the club and its history, and see the players honoured to wear the Red Devils crest under him.
"He’s really got the players performing. I think the same as a proud Irish man representing my home country of Ireland. Ole's at the wheel, tell me how good does it feel!"