It’s sometimes difficult to remember that Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is a human being - and not just a robotic goal machine - but the three-time Ballon d’Or winner has shown his human side by confessing his biggest fear.
The 30-year-old, who will go down in history as one of the game’s all-time greats after hanging up his boots, told Libero magazine that he has a genuine fear of dying young.
"My biggest fear is to die young," he was quoted as saying by Catalan newspaper Sport. "I don't want to die young. I want to die old, when I am 80 or 90."
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Ronaldo also insists he’s you’re average person away from the pitch - just one who happens to earn a reported £265,000-a-week.
"I'm a normal person. I try to do normal things with my family, my friends, my son... to be as normal as possible,” he added. "In the morning I always train, then when I get home I can do things that I like."
Ronaldo has been ultra professional throughout career
Ronaldo was also asked what goes through his mind as he walks out of the tunnel on to the Bernabeu pitch.
"Nothing special," he replied. "I try to enjoy the moment. I like playing football, so I try to enjoy the sport. I want the fans and the public to enjoy it as well."
Ronaldo has always conducted himself with the utmost professionalism throughout his career. Few players dedicate themselves to their sport as much as the Real Madrid No. 7.
Without his incredible commitment to football - and insatiable hunger to be the best - it’s fair to say Ronaldo would not have scaled the heights he has during his career.
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