Cristiano Ronaldo revealed the secrets to his success when he spoke to Rio Ferdinand a few weeks ago.
"You can see this guy is relentless,” Ferdinand said on BT Sport before Real Madrid’s encounter against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.
“I spoke to him during the week, [and asked] 'What is it that makes you, and got you where you are?'
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"Hard work and determination is all he said, nothing else. And it's true, the basics have got him where he is and the talent separates him.
"You can't say enough about the likes of him in today's game. When he retires we will really understand what this guy has done for football.”
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Careful, Rio. Nobody wants to imagine a world where Ronaldo is no longer playing football.
Ronaldo wants to play into his 40s
Thankfully, the Portuguese star has intentions of playing into his forties.
"I am going to retire at Real Madrid at more than 40 years of age,” he said last year.
Ronaldo was superb vs Atletico
Based on Ronaldo’s performance in Real’s 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid last night, and the relentless attitude that has earned him four Ballon d’Ors, there’s little to suggest the 32-year-old won’t still be playing in 2025.
The Portugal international destroyed Los Rojiblancos with a stunning hat-trick that puts Real on the brink of a third Champions League final in four years.
And, unsurprisingly, nobody enjoyed Ronaldo’s performance more than Ferdinand.
Ferdinand was loving Ronaldo's display
The former centre-back, who played with CR7 at Manchester United, was on punditry duty for BT Sport.
Yet he still found time to tweet throughout the match, and his updates after Ronaldo’s goals suggest he might be the Real superstar’s biggest fan.
After Ronaldo made it 2-0 in the second half with a powerful finish, Ferdinand tweeted: “there he is...again @Cristiano with a devastating finish. Goodnight #Atletico.”
And when his former teammate made it 3-0, Ferdinand posted his most excited tweet of the evening.
“Naaaaaaaaaaa @Cristiano is taking LIBS!! 1/4 final hat trick, semi final hat trick”, along with three crying-with-laughter emojis.
At full-time, the 38-year-old tweeted his belief that Ronaldo had ended Atletico Madrid’s Champions League hopes: “What a guy... @Cristiano continuing to set standards! Game… set… match! #UCL #realatletico.”
Check out Ferdinand's tweets below.
We can only hope that Ronaldo responds to Ferdinand. That level of support deserves to reply.
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