Cristiano Ronaldo is a model professional who doesn’t allow anything to get in the way of his pursuit of glory - and we mean anything.
The Portuguese star possesses a huge amount of natural talent but you’d do well to name any footballer - anywhere - who looks after himself as well as the Real Madrid forward.
Even Carlo Ancelotti, who has seen it all during his managerial career, admits Ronaldo surprised him during his time working with the three-time Ballon d’Or winner at the Bernabeu.
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The Italian coach, who will replace Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich this summer, revealed that Ronaldo would return to Real Madrid’s training ground after matches in the early hours of the morning in to take an ice bath - even though he had a stunning girlfriend waiting for him at home.
"[He'd be taking an ice bath in Valdebebas three o'clock in the morning] Even though he had Irina Shayk waiting for him at home!” Ancelotti told the Financial Times, per AS. “He does not care about money, he just wants to be the first [best].”
Perhaps this is one of the reasons why Irina and Cristiano split up at the beginning of 2015.
Paul Clement said the same thing
We know Ancelotti isn’t exaggerating because Paul Clement, Real Madrid’s former number two, confirmed the same thing in an interview with The Times earlier this year.
“A couple of times we came back from Champions League games at 3am and he’s actually gone for an ice bath at the club,” Clement revealed.
"He’d do that really horrible, boring, uncomfortable stuff. He’s very robust, took care of himself, with his diet and nutrition, in the gym before and after training, not lifting heavy weights but the right kind of preventative exercise that keeps him out there on the field. I liked him a lot. He was a gentleman, always very polite.”
Ronaldo is still one of the world's best
Ronaldo might not be the same explosive player he used to be, but he remains one of the world’s best and absolutely deadly in front of goal.
For the sixth successive season, Cristiano has scored more than 50 goals in all competitions - a remarkable achievement.
In 347 matches for Real Madrid, Ronaldo has netted a mind-blowing 364 goals.
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