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Sadio Mane, Cristiano Ronaldo and Allan Saint-Maximin are among the footballers at Tyson Fury vs Francis Ngannou – with fellow Saudi Pro League stars Aymeric Laporte and Franck Kessie also in attendance

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  • Tyson Fury is taking on Francis Ngannou in a crossover bout this evening
  • Big names from sport and entertainment were there, including footballers 
  • LISTEN: Exclusive Tyson Fury interview on THE HOOK – our new boxing podcast 

Several footballers were in attendance for Tyson Fury‘s Battle of the Baddest fight against Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia.

The Gypsy King took on the former MMA star in Riyadh in one of the most eagerly-anticipated bouts of the year.

Celebrities and sports stars from all over the world were spotted ringside, including many footballers.

Cristiano Ronaldo was the biggest name of them all, with the Portuguese superstar now plying his trade with Al-Nassr after his move last year.

He was spotted mingling with Fury on Friday night at a pre-fight gala, before spending time with his brother Tommy during the day on Saturday. 

Several footballers were attendance for Tyson Fury against Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia

Several footballers were attendance for Tyson Fury against Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia

Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was there with his partner Georgina Rodriguez

Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was there with his partner Georgina Rodriguez 

His team-mate at Al-Nassr, Sadio Mane, was also at the fight with a ringside seat

His team-mate at Al-Nassr, Sadio Mane, was also at the fight with a ringside seat

Ronaldo was later pictured at the fight with his long-term partner Georgina Rodriguez

However, he was seemingly booed loudly by spectators in Riyadh as he took his seat. 

The forward looked stony-faced in response to his reception – and failed to crack a smile when the camera returned to him when seated. 

That picture received even louder boos, prompting TNT Sports anchor Laura Woods to question teasingly ‘how long is his contract (at Al-Nassr)?’ 

Several other big-name footballers moved to the kingdom during a major summer spending spree, when Saudi Pro League clubs splashed more than £750m in the market.

Former Newcastle favourite Allan Saint-Maximin now plays for Al-Ahli and was at the fight too

Former Newcastle favourite Allan Saint-Maximin now plays for Al-Ahli and was at the fight too

Franck Kessie (middle left) and Aymeric Laporte (middle right, white jacket) were ringside

Franck Kessie (middle left) and Aymeric Laporte (middle right, white jacket) were ringside

And some of those were also in attendance, with Ronaldo’s team-mate at Al-Nassr, Aymeric Laporte, who joined from Man City for £23.6m, seen sitting behind Rio Ferdinand.

The defender was two seats away from Franck Kessie, who joined Al-Ahli for £10.8m.

The pair had brilliant spots to watch the fight and were near to the likes of Conor McGregor, with the Irishman sitting next to former Newcastle star Allan Saint-Maximin, who is a team-mate of Kessie.

Liverpool favourite Sadio Mane was another famous footballer at the fight. The forward plays for Al-Nassr after an unsuccessful season with Bayern Munich.