It's been finally released, the news aspiring footballers and fans alike have been longing to hear for so long; the secret of Cristiano Ronaldo's success.
Ronaldo, voted FIFA's World Player of the Year, has an irregular extra bone in his ankle, a condition that affects only 10% of the population.
The discovery was made back in 2009, when Ronaldo picked up a knock in the Champions League against Marseille and was forced to see a doctor. Now you'd think that such minor detail means nothing, although according to a recent book written by Luis Miguel Pereira you can think again.
Pereira claims that this extra bone actually gives Ronaldo an advantage in football over competitors, but even though Ronaldo had physio to sort it, the advantage must still be there.
The book, serialised by The Sun, says that the bone actually helps Ronaldo in taking his famous free-kicks, whilst his distance shooting is affected. The way Ronaldo kicks the ball is the way of his successes, with his power and spin deceiving goalkeepers.
Perhaps it's right, but surely Ronaldo's hours of effort and commitment is what has led to such an efflorescent career in football. It's certainly one to debate.
It's certainly a new one to me, but by writing such a controversial statement the book is bound to get numerous views, and it's definitely not the silliest tale I've ever heard!
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