Cristiano Ronaldo proves that age is no obstacle as the 36-year-old is clearly still one of the greatest athletes on the planet.
He continues to impress fans with his ability with his records and goals in what should be his twilight.
The Portugal captain could quite easily be forgiven for turning his back on top-level football and enjoying a semi-retirement, racking up numbers in MLS or the Far East, much like he did. other legends of the game, including Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane.
These two aforementioned legends had hung up at the age of 35. At 36, however, Ronaldo can’t get enough of scoring goals.
He is now the best international football player of all time, breaking Ali Daei’s longtime record and is ready to prove to the Premier League that he is far from done.
An unbreakable mindset is something the new Manchester United man has developed throughout his career to take him to the top.
And his teammate Lee Grant explained the impact he’s already having in the locker room.
Before his debut, against Newcastle United who netted two goals, he was with the players at the team’s hotel and dinner had just ended.
“You have apple crumble or you have a little bit of brownie and cream or whatever,” the goalkeeper told talkSPORT.
“I’m telling you now, no player touched the apple crumble and custard, no player went to get that brownie because everyone was seated and one of the guys said to me:” What does Cristiano have on his plate? ‘
“So we had a little glimpse of what he had and obviously it’s the cleanest, healthiest plate you can imagine.
“And it cracked me up to see that no player dared to get up and have this junk food that was laid out.”
And with his much-sold mental approach, that means he’s been able to continue to outperform the game’s young players.
From a skinny teenager who spent a lot of time on the turf at Old Trafford, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner turned every sinew and fiber of his being into raw muscle.
But despite his impeccable physique, Ronaldo doesn’t spend every waking moment lifting weights, doing sit-ups and drinking protein shakes.
Below, talkSPORT.com takes a look at how Ronaldo stays in great shape, with advice from the man himself.
How does he train?
During his medical examination with Juventus following his arrival from Real Madrid in 2018, it was revealed that Ronaldo has the physical capabilities of a 20-year-old.
This is largely due to the excellent care he takes of himself; maintain seven percent body fat and 50 percent muscle mass.
Exclusive to bodybuilder.com, Ronaldo has designed the perfect workout to develop speed, explosion and power.
With barbell squats, burpee pull-ups, and a mixture of rope work, the class is not for the faint of heart.
Before you hit the gym, Ronaldo recommends a very thorough warm-up to keep the body ready.
“In training we do a few laps, stretching exercises and cardio warm-ups,” he told Goal.
“Make sure you do something similar in your workout, even if it’s jogging at the gym or warming up on the treadmill or the bike. “
Last but not least, take the time to do abdominal exercises.
“Exercise wherever you can,” he adds. “You can do an abs workout in your bedroom when you wake up in the morning or before you go to bed. If you get into a routine it will make things easier because it will become a habit. “
What does he eat?
Ronaldo, who has won almost every top honor possible, eats six times a day, with the help of a dedicated team of nutritionists to keep the Portuguese star well fed.
Focus heavily on a diet of protein and complex carbohydrates to repair muscles after exercise and then provide them with the fuel they need to perform.
Never using salt or oil to cook his food, he eats plenty of pasta and chicken and gallons and gallons of water a day – sometimes allowing for a glass of juice for breakfast.
TYPICAL DAILY MEALS OF CRISTIANO RONALDO
The 36-year-old maintains his amazing physique with a healthy but balanced diet
- Breakfast: Cheese and ham, skimmed yogurt
- Brunch: Chicken and salad
- Lunch: Tuna, olives, egg and tomato
- Snack: Fresh fruits, avocado on toast
- Dinner: Fresh swordfish and salad
- Dinner: Steak and calamari
What did the people say?
“I was like ‘Can I just finish eating?’ [Ronaldo replied] “No, no, let’s play two keys”.
“We are starting to play with two keys. After that he said, let’s go to the pool to swim, I was like ‘okay…’ after going to the jacuzzi, the sauna, I was done. I said: ‘Cristiano why did we come here, did we come here because we have a game tomorrow, or just for lunch?’.
“That’s why I would recommend anyone, when Cristiano invites you over to his place, not to go. Just say no because this guy is a machine, he doesn’t want to stop training.
Jerome Boateng: “We can only stop Cristiano Ronaldo as a team.
“In front of the goal, he is like a machine. You can’t rule him out completely, he always gets his chances in a game because of the lines he is leading and his excellent timing.
Ian Holloway: “He’s a little over three feet tall, shaped like a flea, handsome – he must have something wrong with him… Hope he’s hanged like a hamster!” It would make us all feel better!
Gerard spades: “Cristiano is a perfect machine, a hard worker who always wants to improve.
“He demands a lot of himself, something he showed United, but the most surprising thing is that Lionel Messi has won four Ballon d’Ors in a row and he always kept going and had the strength to beat him . “
Kaka: “Cristiano is a machine. It’s not just how strong, powerful, and fast he is; he is mentally strong.
“He always wants to win and play. To be the best. For me, that’s the most incredible thing about him.
José Mourinho: “This does not surprise me because it is a textbook case in terms of genetics, and mentality too.
“He’s a phenomenon, someone who only thinks about winning and doing it more and more and better. That’s why I’m not at all surprised at what he’s doing.