Footballs’ greatest turned 34 last night, and without any doubt, Cristiano Ronaldo is unstoppable even at this age. Many of the past Ballon d’Or would have hung up their boots at this age like Zinedine Zidane or Michael Owen. But it is certain that, the Portuguese international is not like other Ballon d’Or achievers.
Eleven years ago, he achieved his first Ballon d’Or, and till now, he is not showing any signs of slowing down. At the age of 34, Cristiano Ronaldo has the physical capacity of a 20-year-old footballer. He has an unbelievable muscle mass of 50% with just 7% body fat even at this age. Both the stats claimed his place ahead of even the elite footballers of this generation.
Happy Birthday to the Football Legend
When everyone thought his career will soon end due to his age, Cristiano Ronaldo opted for his transfer to Juventus from Real Madrid and became the top goalscorer of Serie A this season. And not only that, he even achieved his first Suppercoppa Italiana title with the Bianconeri boys this January. It is also certain that he will achieve many more with the Old Lady club.
Everyone became quite surprised when he opted for a fresh transfer at the age of 33. While talking about that feat, Cristiano Ronaldo himself cited “I’m here because it’s a very big challenge in my career. At my age, players usually go to China. I’m different from everyone else, from all the players who are 32, 33 or 34 years old.”
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrating his 34th birthday
Each of the football pundits and legendary players admits the level of his professionalism and dedication to the sport. While talking about it, Rio Ferdinand once said “He was the first person I saw employing a nutritionist, a doctor, a personal physio, a chef,” and then further added, “He invested in himself to become the best in the world.”
While talking about his dedication, former Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti once said “We would sometimes return from a European game, it could be three in the morning, but Ronaldo would be the player who did not go straight home,” and then added “Instead, he would go to the training ground for the ice bath, to help with his recovery from the game.”