Cristiano Ronaldo keeps himself in peak physical condition thanks to the incredible amount of hard work he puts in both on and off the training ground.
The Real Madrid superstar spends hours in the gym at the club’s Valdebebas training complex and doesn’t stop when he gets home.
Ronaldo often uploads photos to Instagram showing himself working out around his house; his young son, Cristiano Jr. usually following suit.
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However, according to a report from Marca, Ronaldo is not - we repeat, is not - the Madrid player currently working hardest between matches.
The player working harder than ever before isn’t Gareth Bale, Pepe, Sergio Ramos or Karim Benzema, either, and it’s certainly not James Rodriguez. In fact, if we gave you 20 guesses you still probably wouldn’t guess the correct answer.
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Fabio Coentrao is currently working like a beast
Marca understand that Fabio Coentrao, the club’s forgotten left-back, is currently working like a beast in the gym and on the training pitch after being handed a second chance by the club’s board.
Real Madrid staff are reportedly shocked that Coentrao is spending even more time working in the gym, on the training ground, physiotherapy, the swimming pool and recovery than Ronaldo.
Ronaldo is partly responsible for this...
However, Ronaldo appears to be partly responsible for this unexpected transformation in his compatriot’s attitude.
The three-time Ballon d’Or winner, along with Zinedine Zidane, asked the club to keep the Portugal international for the 2016-17 campaign, despite the fact he hasn’t been a regular in the starting line-up since 2013.
Zidane still has a lot of faith in Coentrao
Zidane is apparently convinced that Coentrao, who turns 29 next March, has the ability to become one of the world’s best left-backs again.
Moreover, the French coach has told the defender that he will be handed opportunities this season, even though Marcelo remains the club’s first-choice left-sided full-back.
It seems a long time ago since Coentrao was widely regarded as one of European football’s best left-backs.
Jose Mourinho convinced the Madrid hierarchy to splash out €30 million for the full-back’s services in July 2011 following his eye-catching displays with Benfica.
And despite a positive start to his career at the Bernabeu, he fell out of favour once Mourinho left the club.
Carlo Ancelotti, Rafa Benitez and Zidane have all preferred Marcelo over the Portuguese, but this surprise improvement in work ethic will enhance his chances of getting more minutes over the coming weeks and months.
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