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Man Utd coach: Cristiano Ronaldo made teammates feel "uncomfortable" in training

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Imagine spending a day in the life of Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portuguese's career has been on the rise ever since completing a move from Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United in 2003, quickly becoming one of football's greatest ever players.

He's since joined Real Madrid and, most recently, signed a brand new five-year deal at Los Blancos worth a staggering £19 million-per-year.

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Better still for Ronaldo, he's also put pen to paper on a lifetime extension at Nike that, according to unconfirmed reports, could see him earn in excess of £1 billion.

Literally living the dream.

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Ronaldo is certainly lucky to be where he is, but the Portugal international has earned it through the sheer amount of hours he's put into training.

The 31-year-old is well renowned for his work ethic, with United's Head of Performance, Tony Strudwick, explaining at a recent event how he made teammates feel "uncomfortable" during his time at Old Trafford.

Strudwick worked with Ronaldo for two years before the winger departed for the Spanish capital in 2009 for a then world-record sum.

UEFA Champions League Final - Manchester United Training

He told Sky Sports: "When I arrived in Carrington in 2007, we had a fantastic culture; a working culture.

"Cristiano, even in a fantastic working environment, he was a stand-alone. He was the first one in, practiced on his own, to ensure that he had that quality practice time.

"It was great for not only the senior players - he made everyone uncomfortable when they saw him do it - but also for the younger players to look up to him and to see him on the training ground.

"Invariably, his coaches would have to drag him off. That was the level of discipline, the level of professionalism required."

Real Madrid Training Session - UEFA Champions League Final

Turns out Ronaldo was an intimidating figure not only because he was so good, but because of how committed he was to improving.

And continue working hard the Portuguese must if he wants to play professional football for another 10 years at least.

"What I most want is to continue enjoying the years I have left to play," he said, per BBC Sport. "I still have 10 years."

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