How Cristiano Ronaldo Remains A Physical Specimen At The Ripe Old Age Of 34
Ever wondered just how Cristiano Ronaldo continues to be a physical freak of nature despite his 35th birthday approaching in February?
Wonder no more, as Joaquín Maroto from AS has all the information as to what the five-time Ballon d'Or winner does on a daily basis to stay on top of his game.
Ronaldo allocates time for training, rest and relaxation every day and it's common knowledge that his exercise is not merely restricted to sessions with Juventus and Portugal.
CR7 has his own programme that comprises of five gym sessions a week, with pilates and swimming also part of his regime.
And these are anything but warm down sessions for the former Real Madrid and Manchester United star, as often his personal trainers have to step in and stop him overtraining such is his dedication and desire to be the best.
Back when he was a young kid making waves at Sporting CP, first-teamers had to warn him about beasting himself too much.
Spanish forward Tonito told Gazzetta dello Sport: "During training, he'd turn heads among the veterans, and I'd say to him: 'Steady, don't overdo it...'
"I would also give him lifts [to and from training]. But I'd have to wait an hour at the training ground, because he never wanted to leave.
"I'd bang on the window of the gym and say: 'Come on, Cris, it's time to stop - it's getting late!"
Furthermore, Ronaldo's diet sees him have six different meals per day - typically pasta and chicken for his protein and carbohydrate fix - and none of them are ever cooked with salt.
Cheat meals are a rarity for Ronaldo but eating pizza with his son is his guilty pleasure, as he revealed in an interview with YouTuber ChrisMD.
"The key is to take care of your body, train, do your recovery and eat properly," Ronaldo said.
"Although sometimes I do eat pizza with my son otherwise it would be boring."
Ronaldo will allow himself to have orange or pineapple juice at breakfast in the morning but other than he only drinks water, while he places a great focus on getting eight hours sleep every night. What's more, he always has a siesta - a short nap in the afternoon - after his fourth meal of the day.
When Ronaldo signed for Juventus, his medicals showed that his physical condition was that of a 20-year old. He has 7% body fat.- the average being around 10 or 11% - and he also had a staggering 50% muscle mass.
The man himself has even talked about playing into his 40's in the past and given he's still clocking 33.12km/h inside 10 seconds, as well as continuing to bag a hatful of goals, it's genuinely not out of the realms of possibility.