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The bizarre training exercise Cristiano Ronaldo did at Man United to help make him the best

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In 2017, the legendary Cristiano Ronaldo has dominated the sport of football.

Despite being 32-years-old, the Portuguese superstar has been truly remarkable, proving instrumental in Real Madrid's capture of both the Champions League and the La Liga title.

In fact, many cite CR7's displays in the knockout stages of the Champions League last season as the finest individual campaign by a single player in the history of the European competition.

A brace away at Bayern Munich, a hat-trick at home to the Bavarians, another treble against Atletico Madrid and a match-winning double in the final against Juventus suggest the people that think so are correct.

On Monday evening, Ronaldo was rightly awarded the FIFA Best Player of the Year accolade, beating Lionel Messi by some distance.

RONALDO'S VICTORY SPEECH

"Thank you for voting for me," he said. "I want to mention Leo (Messi) and Neymar for being here. I want to thank Real Madrid for their support all year.

"This is a great moment for me. Thank you to all my fans all over the world. I appreciate that. I'm so happy, thank you very much and have a good night!"

He is also the hot favourite to claim his second consecutive Ballon d'Or trophy and if he does, he'll be equal with Messi on five.

But, back in the early stages of his career, CR7 did indeed face a number of obstacles, mainly down to the fact that he didn't possess the natural ability of someone like Messi or Neymar.

Manchester United's Ronaldo reacts after

In fact, he had to train harder than anyone during his days with Manchester United and it has been revealed that he utilised one very unique exercise to help him improve.

His former fitness coach at United Walter Di Salvio, says that when all the other players went into the showers, Ronaldo would stay behind and do something slightly bizarre at Carrington.

RONALDO'S ODD ROUTINE

He would head to the back of the complex where there was woodland terrain, which was extremely uneven and would boot the ball into it and chase after it.

Controlling the ball among all the undergrowth would, of course, be extremely difficult and clearly, it improved his first touch to the standard we see today.

Manchester United Training

It is a similar theory to Brazilian players, with many of them practicing their skills on the even beach surfaces across the country.

Maybe England players should do the same to finally improve their first touch.

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