Cristiano Ronaldo: Juventus forward on maintaining world-class level for Ballon d’Or dominance – News

Posted: 1 November 2018
Time: 13:00

Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has conceded his physical attributes are deteriorating at his age but explained how he continues to maintain his world-class level of performances that’s asserted his case for the 2018 Ballon d’Or.

Ronaldo, 33, made a bold decision to leave Real Madrid after a glittering nine-year spell with the European champions, where he forged a legendary status as the club’s all-time record goalscorer.

After winning the UEFA Champions League four times in five seasons, as well as finishing as the top-scorer in football’s elite club competition for six straight campaigns – the prolific marksman admits his move to Juventus has sparked a new level of desire.

“That’s the most difficult thing in this sport: staying at the top, maintaining your level,” he told France Football. “Going to the gym for three or four hours to keep your body in shape, that’s fine.

“What’s tough is to keep that work ethic, that motivation that allows you to be the same player long term. That’s very hard. Really. And it’s even more so when you have done that for so many years, when you’ve been at the top for 12 years, without interruption, with trophies to win every year. No one understands that.

“Do you know how many players are able to be at the top of their form for more than 10 years? You can count them on the fingers of one hand. OK, let’s say there are two: Messi and I.

“That’s why it’s always important to have a challenge, a feat to accomplish, and that’s the reason I’m here. I needed adrenaline, stimulation. To write a new page in the novel of the world’s best player.”

On his unexpected move; “At 33, no one expects you to ask questions of yourself. At that age, no player goes from one big club to another for €100 million. It’s mad!

“At my age, and I say this with the utmost respect for those who do it, players go to China, the Emirates or India, and they finish their career there, without maintaining their level.

In a way, I’m proud not to think like that, to be a different animal, a different athlete, a different person with a different brain,” he added.

“I’m not saying I’m better, just different. But that’s perhaps why I’ve been at the top of the game for 12 years.

“In the head, yes. And it’s the head that controls everything,” Ronaldo said when asked if he felt like a 23-year-old.

“Age is in the head. That’s what enables me to still be at the top now, to enjoy what I do on the pitch just as much, to be happy, quite simply.

Asked whether he felt his key physical attributes are on a decline, the former Manchester United man remained frank in his assessment.

“I know it’ll come to an end one day. In four, five, six years, who knows…it’s the attitude that makes and will make the difference. Now, I’m motivated and relishing the present.

“From a certain point of view, yes. Except that when you look at the stats, you see that I’m still performing in an incredible way.

“The numbers never lie, and they are good. I’m still enjoying myself. So, I’m not asking myself questions.”

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Publish date : 2018-11-01 11:34:39

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