Cristiano Ronaldo may have celebrated his 37th birthday last week, but there’s no denying that the Manchester United superstar remains in unbelievable shape.
Still competing at the highest level at an age where many of his peers are comfortably settled in retirement, Ronaldo is truly one of a kind.
Maintaining such peak physical condition well into your fourth decade, though, is no easy task and the Portugal captain has been famed for paying strict attention to his diet throughout his career.
With no less than five Ballon d’Or trophies to his name, the approach has certainly paid dividends. How, though, would an average person fare if they were to follow Ronaldo’s regime for a week?
Goal set that challenge to staff member Asad Raza recently – and the seven day period looked pretty gruelling for the 22-year-old.
At the start of his video diary for the week, Asad jokingly admits to “getting out of breath running up the stairs”. Not the best starting point when attempting to mirror the lifestyle of one of the world’s most famous athletes, to say the least.
Asad’s task for the week was split into two elements. Firstly, to follow Ronaldo’s typical daily diet and secondly to mirror his workout regime.
Of course, he wasn’t going to rock up at Carrington and start training alongside Ralf Rangnick’s side, but he matched Ronaldo’s exercise schedule as closely as possible.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s daily diet
Back in January, The Sun published a summary of Ronaldo’s reported daily diet. Using this as his guide, Asad took on the following menu each day for an entire week.
Cheese and ham, with low-fat yoghurt
Lunch (Number one)
Chicken and Salad
Lunch (Number two)
Tuna, olives, egg and tomato
Dinner (Number one)
Fresh swordfish and salad
Dinner (Number two)
Steak and calamari
It should also be noted that Ronaldo usually snacks on fresh fruit and avocado toast during the day, although this wasn’t included in the challenge. The player’s occasional ‘cheat meals’ were also ignored.
Initially, Asad was excited at the prospect of getting to chow down on steak every day. However, this enthusiasm quickly disappeared as the challenge progressed.
The problem with Ronaldo’s diet, Asad discovered, was the lack of variety, together with a noticeable lack of carbohydrates.
The high protein diet clearly works for the superstar, who has a personal chef to prepare each of his meals.
Asad, however, didn’t have that luxury. In between meals, he also had to contend with a variety of workouts. From strength and conditioning work, to straight weightlifting and track spirits, Ronaldo packs a lot of activity into a standard week.
Despite obviously wanting to throw in the towel on a number of occasions, Asad made it through to the end of the challenge.
You can check out how he got on below.
Watch: Fan tackles Cristiano Ronaldo’s daily diet and workout regime
By the end of the week, Asad looks like he never wants to eat another steak again. That said, he does report strength gains from the intense training schedule he’s kept to during the challenge. He even reveals a desire to continue exercising, although likely not at Ronaldo-type levels.
Ronaldo’s diet may not be particularly appealing, but after playing for nearly two decades at the peak of European football, its effectiveness cannot be denied.
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