World Football

Davronov: Tajikistan’s Cristiano Ronaldo

Nuriddin Davronov first made a name for himself with Tajikistan at the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2007, when he and his team-mates reached the Round of 16 before being narrowly beaten by Peru on penalties.

Seven years later, the attacking midfielder is a footballing figurehead in his homeland. After a brief spell with Lokomotiv Moscow in Russia, he returned to Tajikistan in 2008, where he won two national championships, three Tajik Cups and the 2012 AFC President’s Cup with FC Istiklol.

In the Video of the Week, we present a portrait of a player who is one of the brightest talents in this landlocked Central Asian country. Click ‘Play’ to see what makes Nuriddin Davronov so special and get a better idea of whether this young man may yet establish himself in one of the world’s biggest leagues.

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