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Ronaldo’s training habits and regime as told by his former Man Utd teammates

Cristiano Ronaldo amazed the likes of Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand with his dedication to training and his meticulous diet throughout his first spell with Manchester United

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s discipline on and off the training pitch is the bedrock of his vastly-successful career encompassing five Ballons d’Or, almost 800 goals for club and country and countless major honours.

This has only become more evident in recent years as Ronaldo progresses deeper into his mid-30s yet continues to defy his age with his physicality.

Now 36, Ronaldo remains as lethal in front of goal as ever and recorded a top speed of 20.2 miles per hour as he scored his second against Newcastle United during his Red Devils homecoming.

The Portugal striker’s painstaking attention to detail continues to give him the edge over his opponents – as well his own teammates over the years.



Cristiano Ronaldo has reaped the rewards of his strict diet and training regime over the years




Old Trafford hero Paul Scholes previously recalled Ronaldo’s dedication which set him apart from fellow United legend Eric Cantona.

“Eric was very similar but Cristiano was still on another level from that. Eric did go out and practice but he wasn’t so much a gym person,” Scholes told Premier League Productions .

“Cristiano did all of his practicing before and after training and also made sure he was stronger for the Premier League by going into the gym afterwards. I’ve never seen a more professional person.”









Ronaldo’s former strike partner Carlos Tevez backed-up Scholes’ comments as he admitted he could never beat the Portuguese to training.

“If we trained at nine in the morning, you arrived at eight in the morning, he was already there,” said Tevez in 2019, per AS .

“At half past seven, he was already there. I mean, when can you fool this guy? One day I arrived at six in the morning to grab him and he was already there. Half asleep but he was there.”



Paul Scholes claimed he has never seen a “more professional person” than Cristiano Ronaldo
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Ronaldo is just as meticulous regarding his diet as he is when it comes to training, with Patrice Evra providing a glimpse of his meal plan while speaking on ITV’s World Cup podcast in 2018.

“I would give advice to anybody, when Cristiano invites you for lunch at his house, just say no,” said the Frenchman.

“He said: ‘Patrice, come over after training.’ I went [and] you know I was really tired. At the table there was only salad and plain white chicken so I was like ‘okay…’ and water, not any juice.





“We started eating and I was thinking some big meat would be coming after that but there was nothing.”

Evra was left even more aghast as Ronaldo suggested getting back to training just moments after the meal.

The former United left-back added: “He (Ronaldo) had just finished and he stood up and he started playing with a ball, doing some skills and he said: ‘Let’s do some two touch.’

“We start playing two touch. After that he said let’s go to the pool to swim, I was like ‘okay…’ after going in the jacuzzi, the sauna, I’m done.



Patrice Evra had many nasty shocks when he went to Cristiano Ronaldo’s house for lunch
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“I said: ‘Cristiano, why have we come here, have we come here because we have a game tomorrow, or just for lunch?’

“So that’s why I would recommend to anyone when Cristiano invites you to his house, don’t go. Just say no because this guy, he’s a machine, he doesn’t want to stop training.”

Evra’s experience was similar to that of Rio Ferdinand as he paid a visit to Ronaldo’s home only to find it full of staff ensuring he was operating at peak condition.

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“I went round his (Ronaldo’s) house once and I walked in and he had about six or seven people sitting in the front room,” Ferdinand told William Hill .

“I said to him, ‘Cris, who are all these people?’ He said, ‘that’s my personal masseur, my nutritionist, my doctor, my physio, my chef…’

“So, he had all these people and back then no one was doing that in the game. So, he was a visionary in that sense.







“He knew what it was going to take and if people were laughing at him for doing those extras at one time, by the time he got to be World Player of the Year, they were saying I’m going to copy that.”

“He’s just looking for every little detail that’s going to enable him to improve. He’ll send me a picture and he’s doing deep water recovery sessions in the sea.

“He’s driven two hours to get there when he was in Turin with Juventus. Other people are at home or out at dinner. He’s just looking for that extra edge.”


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