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Five things you may not know about Cristiano Ronaldo

ONCE again, Cristiano Ronaldo was Real Madrid’s hero as they ran out 4-1 winners in the Champions League final against Juventus.
The Portuguese star, 32, scored twice – including the game’s first and crucial third – as Real became the first team to successfully defend their title in Europe’s elite competition.
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with his fourth Champions League winner’s medal (Getty Images)
At this point, there’s little we don’t know about Ronaldo as he continues to light up the world footballing stage.
However, there are a few things you might not know about Real ace CR7… check out five amazing facts about the man himself below.

Do you even lift, bro?


Cristiano Ronaldo was very skinny as a teenager, even while at Man United
Cristiano Ronaldo was very skinny as a teenager, even while at Man United

AS a youngster, Ronaldo was something of a skinny kid and was often muscled off the ball, even during his Manchester United days.
However, Ron vowed to make a change and hit the gym hard in a bid to toughen up.

Cristiano Ronaldo is now one of the strongest, fittest footballers in the world
Cristiano Ronaldo is now one of the strongest, fittest footballers in the world

Now, CR7 is easily one of the strongest and fittest players in world football thanks to his gruelling gym regime.
In fact, in an average session in the weight room, Ronaldo will lift 23,000kg – the equivalent of 16 Toyota Prius cars.

Come on leaps and bounds


Cristiano Ronaldo's jumping ability is simply off the charts
Cristiano Ronaldo’s jumping ability is simply off the charts
Cristiano Ronaldo's vertical is greater than that of the average NBA star
Cristiano Ronaldo’s vertical is greater than that of the average NBA star

ONE of Ronaldo’s best assets is the strength of his legs.
In working on his lower body, the Real Madrid star is able to outrun and easily out-jump the majority of his opponents.
Amazingly though, Ronaldo’s leaping ability has been scientifically proven to be higher than the average NBA player.

Ankle-breaker


Cristiano Ronaldo used to train with ankle weights to boost his leg strength
Cristiano Ronaldo used to train with ankle weights to boost his leg strength

EVEN as a youngster, Ronaldo took his training very seriously.
In fact, during sessions he would put on ankle weights in order to work on his leg strength,
Not only that, the additional weight meant Ronaldo felt lightning fast when he stripped the weights off for games.

Lightning Bolt


Cristiano Ronaldo once logged a faster time through a zig-zag course than Olympic sprinters
Cristiano Ronaldo once logged a faster time through a zig-zag course than Olympic sprinters

SPEAKING of lightning fast, Ronaldo has incredibly managed to out-sprint some Olympic runners.
During drills, CR7 has logged faster times through zig-zag courses than many a ‘professional’ sprinter.
We knew he was quick, but that is something truly special, speaking volumes for his pace and agility.

Fat chance


Cristiano Ronaldo can boast a body fat percentage of below ten
Cristiano Ronaldo can boast a body fat percentage of below ten

RONALDO is in peak physical condition, there is no doubt about it.
His athleticism and strength are truly off the charts and will help him play well into his 30s, unlike many of his colleagues.
While hitting the gym and working on the weights is all well and good, his diet also helps hugely, as he boasts a body fat of BELOW ten per cent.
To put that in perspective, the ‘acceptable’ level according to a number of institutions is 18-25 per cent…
Origin: Sun
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