Cristiano Ronaldo continues to amaze having scored four goals in his first three matches for Manchester United. The 36-year-old shows no sign of slowing down and his remarkable training regime indicates exactly why the veteran is still one of the most deadly forwards in world football.
Questions were hanging over Ronaldo’s endurance and ability to perform at the very highest level when he wanted to leave Juventus this summer.
United put their faith in the Portugal international and he has proven all of his doubters wrong so far.
Ronaldo is certainly highly technically gifted but he has also worked hard to reach the very top.
Former United midfielder Paul Scholes has given the down low on exactly how much effort it has taken – including sprinting up hills with weights on his ankles.
“Cristiano did all of his practising before and after training. He also made sure he was stronger for the Premier League by going into the gym afterwards,” Scholes told Premier League Productions.
“I’ve never seen a more professional person.
“He was out there all day long, practising those free-kicks. His speed, he was sprinting up hills, he had weights on his ankles.
“He was doing everything that the likes of the British players hadn’t seen. That wasn’t it, he was in the gym afterwards, just doing everything to prepare himself.”
Meanwhile, Ronaldo’s current team-mate Lee Grant has also recently explained how the squad are watching their diet because of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s arrival.
He told Talksport: “To give you one instance of the impact he is having on the group, this was Friday night in the hotel.
“So, as you guys will be aware, you finish your dinner and usually on a Friday night you’ve got some cheat stuff out.
“You’ve got some apple crumble and custard or you’ve got a bit of brownie and cream.
“I tell you now, not one player touched the apple crumble and custard, not one player went up for that brownie because everybody was sat down.
“One of the lads said to me, ‘What has Cristiano got on his plate?’
“Obviously it is the cleanest, most healthy plate you can imagine.”