“Can Ronaldo still perform optimally in the Premier League this season?”
1NEWS – Obviously Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to the city of Manchester has left the Red Devils a lot of fun, but his transfer also raises some big questions.
Billboards have been set up around the city to welcome Ronaldo back, but not everyone believes it is the right move for United.
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Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has raised questions about Ronaldo because of his age, doubting the Portugal captain still has the ability to perform at world-class level.
“I would say he is 50 per cent (compared to how Ronaldo is 26/27),” said the Arsenal legend.
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“The numbers, don’t get me wrong, are still phenomenal. With him being the top scorer again last season in Italy, wherever he has been, he has done it.”
“He’s 36 years old. If he’s done it this season in the Premier League then you have to stand up and say he’s close not human.”
If there is a player with super-human abilities it is Ronaldo, and Georgina Rodríguez’s partner has claimed in the past that he has a ‘biological age of 23’ – and wants to continue playing well into his 40s.
The 1.87m-tall forward remains one of the most physically dominant players in the world – still running lightning fast and capable of leaping incredible heights.
Look at that elevation from Ronaldo for the goal !!!!
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In 2018, Ronaldo said: “Right now I have a biological age of 23.”
“I still have a lot of time, I can keep playing until I’m 41.
“I feel good, happy, I can’t complain.”
But how did he do it?
Ronaldo has no super secret formula and his incredible body was built with just some general physical exercise.
The difference is his dedication to the gym, but Ronaldo follows a Pilates-based routine that focuses on resistance work to strengthen his core muscles.
Christiano Ronaldo says that his core strength comes from another of the secrets to his longevity – Pilates. #FiproWorldXI#Ronaldo#ChristianoRonaldo#football#pilates#reformerspic.twitter.com/mnlZF0rTZF
— Teddington Pilates (@Tedd_Pilates) September 25, 2018
Rest is also a big part of her routine, as is a strict diet. Post-match training is also key, if other players like to sit in front of the TV after the game, Ronaldo goes straight to the pool.
Often times CR7 with Cristiano Jr is seen swimming together, which not only helps him unwind from the physical burden of the match, but also helps him build his great physique.
Swimming is a brilliant full body exercise, working all the muscles of the arms, core and legs.
Next to his gym, Ronaldo has a secret weapon for muscle regeneration – the Cryotherapy room.
The £50,000 walk-in kit also helps keep his body fit with Ronaldo fitting one in 2013 after hearing it worked well for Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery.
The Cryotherapy room can relieve muscle soreness and reduce swelling, inflammation or sprains – allowing Ronaldo to be ready for the next match or training session more quickly.
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Ronaldo also has hot and cold baths to stimulate muscle regeneration, while there is also a massager for his sore muscles when he sits in the tub.
Rest and regeneration are as important to Ronaldo as exercise.
Normal Players: 11%
Cristiano Ronaldo: 7%
Normal Players: 46% or lower
Cristiano Ronaldo: 50%
Results show he has the physical condition of a 23 year-old…he’s 33 years-old. ️ pic.twitter.com/OomGqsXhwU
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Ronaldo was once moved to deny he does 3,000 sit-ups in a day – claiming he barely does 1,000 “in one week”.
That much physical activity will only injure and tire his muscles.
Sleep and relaxation are another important part of his routine, with the Portuguese man getting at least eight hours of sleep every day.
Family time is also his main focus, whether enjoying life with his children and Georgina Rodriguez or his mother, brothers and sisters is important.
“Mental strength is as important as physical strength. Training and physical sessions are the most important, but living a relaxed lifestyle helps you to be the best you can be, physically and mentally” explained the former Juventus player.
“I spend my free time with family and friends, which keeps me relaxed and in a positive mindset.”
“Proper sleep is essential to getting the most out of your workout.”
“I go to bed early and wake up early, especially before a game. Sleep helps muscle recovery which is very important.”
But the real secret of her incredible body is her Pilates workout method and home workouts.
“Suitable to exercise wherever you can. You can do abdominal exercises in your bedroom when you wake up in the morning or before bed,” said Ronaldo.
“If you get into a routine then it makes it easier because it will become a habit.”
As a teenager, Ronaldo was a skinny boy. The change to have an athletic build came after he heard comments from coaches when he was only 11 years old.
“I remember the first time I heard one kid say to another, ‘Did you see what he did? This guy is a beast’,” Ronaldo said.
“I started hearing it all the time. Even from the coach. But then someone would always say, ‘Yeah, but it’s a shame he’s so small.’”
“It’s true, I am skinny. I have no muscles. So I made a decision at the age of 11. I knew I had a lot of talent, but I decided that I would work harder than everyone else.”
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“I started sneaking out of the dorms at night to work out. I got bigger and faster.”
Ronaldo’s work will be in vain if he does not follow the right diet.
Bruno Fernandes’ colleague is not a vegetarian but he limits his meat intake due to his higher fat intake.
Fish is an important part of her diet with Lisbon’s signature Bacalao a la Brasa – a mix of boiled cod, onions, thinly sliced potatoes and scrambled eggs – one of her favourites.
He also labels chicken a “miracle meat” because of its high protein and low fat content.
Ronaldo said: “I eat a high protein diet, with lots of whole grain carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables, and avoid sugary foods.”
“Eat regularly. If you train regularly, it is important to keep energy levels high to refuel your body for better performance.”
Su comida preferida de Cristiano Ronaldo (Bacalao a la brasa) Es un plato típico portugués. pic.twitter.com/VPpOLMuuaD
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“I sometimes eat up to six small meals a day to make sure I have enough energy to do each session at the top level.”
“Ronaldo eats all kinds of dishes, as a responsible athlete, but what he likes most is fish such as bream, swordfish and sea bass,” said Luis Lavrador, chef of the Portugal national team.
Ronaldo himself has also stopped drinking alcohol since 2005 – not only because of the bad influence on his diet, but also because his father died of alcoholism when he was 20 years old.
The moving reason why Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t drink alcohol.
Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t drink alcohol because of the death of his father, who died from liver cancer connected to alcohol abuse. It’s rare for a footballer not to drink and this deserves respect. ️ pic.twitter.com/PFIQVAzwxq
— Oh My Goal (@OhMyGoalUS) September 28, 2020
His mother, Dolores Aveiro, was an important part of Ronaldo’s team. He often spends time at home, cooking meals and making sure the Madeira-born man gets the protein he needs according to his strict diet.
Whatever it is, I think we will still see Ronaldo playing impressively until the age of 40, yes, at least it is reasonable considering the lifestyle he has lived until now.
(muflih miftahul kamal/muf)