Being a global superstar, players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and co have to make sure they always set up a fine example for the youngsters looking up to them. From their game to their workout routines to their off the field life, carrying the brand of being the best of the industry is always the biggest responsibility to echo.
Cristiano Ronaldo, amongst all, has been very particular about literally everything he follows. Only a few months back, studies reveal that the Portugal captain has the physical traits of a 20-year-old. He stands out from what you term 'an average footballer.'
At the age, 33, when most of the footballers struggle to cope with the pace and the tenacity, Cristiano Ronaldo is setting up a fine example and how. It was recorded that he has a mere seven per cent of body fat which is, on a rough note, three per cent better than an average professional footballer. And if you think that's enough, let me tell you this; Cristiano Ronaldo recorded the highest sprint speed at the FIFA World Cup than any player with his highest being 21.1 mph.
But what is it that Ronaldo does to do these wonders at the age when other athletes start planning their life after football? Yes, the key is hard work and a fat-free diet. But above all, there are this eight good hours of sleep. "Proper sleep is really important for getting the most out of training. I go to bed early and get up early, especially before matches. Sleep helps my muscles to recover, which is really important," Ronaldo had once told Four Four Two.
For obtaining a great deal of optimism, Ronaldo's key is to spend most of his free time with his family and friends which keeps him relaxed. Ronaldo's idea of having a perfect abs physique is as simple as you think. Once talking about his exercises, he had said, "You can do an abs workout in your bedroom when you wake up in the morning or before you go to bed. If you get into a routine then it makes it easier as it will become a habit."
Staying hydrated is a must for every footballer, and Ronaldo always makes sure he consumes plenty of fluids throughout the day. Meanwhile, his meal includes plenty of fishes, but the match-day program has a different schedule altogether. The Portuguese captain will have several light meals full of protein and whole grains on the match day.
While this happens to be his diet, Ronaldo has plenty of other pre-match rituals as well. His former Manchester United buddy Wayne Rooney had once said that Cristiano looks himself in the mirror after putting up the kit. "The kit goes on, the boots go on. Not long after, Ronnie turns to his reflection and stares, psyching himself up for the game."
And when you think Ronaldo's day is over after the final whistle, you are wrong. Spanish news outlet AS had quoted that Ronaldo doesn't go out for dinner with his friends or family after the game. He rather opts to have small bites at the stadium itself. This 'bites' includes fruit, a slice of pizza and snacks rich in carbohydrates.
When his time with Real, if a game was played at the Bernabeu, Ronaldo will head back home after the game where he will have a cycle of a hot and cold water bath. This process, according to the studies, is the perfect way of recovering from the game.
Ronaldo will first dip into the hot water, which is usually around between 38 and 44 degrees Celsius. After five minutes of soak, three minutes of cold water bathing is taken. After half-an-hour of the cycle, he works out for 20 minutes which usually involves swimming.
Who says a footballer's life is easy?