How Does Ronaldo Recover After Matches
Jan 12, 2021
One of the commonest clichés in sports is “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard,” quite simply of all professional football players, no one embodies hard work more than the 5 time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo. The tales of the extraordinary works Ronaldo puts in during training are so numerous and common that an average fan must have heard or read about them at least once.
There’s no doubting Cristiano's talent even at a young age but he was skinny and lean compared to the tank he is today, his body transformation over the years has been simply phenomenal. As the great man will confirm, his extraordinary hard work is one of the many ingredients, not the only ingredient. When asked his secret to being on top for long, Ronald attributed his success to a lot of work, a very strict diet and plenty rest.
Ronaldo’s first step of recovery after every game is swimming, he swims for 20 minutes immediately after every match. Swimming is one of the best exercises for athletes, it helps with relaxing the muscles, it also helps with building the core, improves posture and balance, improves endurance, increases cardiovascular stamina and prevents decline in athletic performance.
After swimming, Ronaldo then proceeds to his cryotherapy, a walk-in device he installed in his home since 2013, for £50,000. Ronaldo uses about 3 minutes inside the cryotherapy, while in the cryotherapy, liquid nitrogen freezes him to about -200°c. Cryotherapy is a very important tool for top athletes, who wish to have an edge with regards to fitness and recovery, not only does it heal muscle soreness, it reduces inflammation and swellings.
The final step of recovery for the Madeira born legend is sleeping, the swimming and cryotherapy set his body for the night rest and Ronaldo enjoys 8 hours of sleep every night as well as 4-5 different naps during the day.
How Does Ronaldo Train?
Here at 433agent, the best and most genuine advice we can give to all aspiring pro soccer players is to emulate the habits of a successful Soccer player like Cristiano Ronaldo. It won’t be enough to reach his height, surely as the great man is extraordinarily talented as well, but it will bring out the best in you and ensure you maximize your potential whatever level that is.
As confirmed by many teammates and coaches, past and present, Ronaldo, known for his dedication as the first to get to training and the last to leave at all sessions. His determination, zeal, will and attitude to training is no different from that seen in matches. Ronaldo grieves for every mistake or poor play in training just like in matches.
He spends 3-4 hours per training session, 5 times a day. This time includes the time spent on the training field as well as the gym. In the gym, he focuses on cardio routines and weight training for his core while the on-field training includes warm-up routines and football practice.
What Does Ronaldo Eat?
So why has Ronaldo been at his peak for so long? Simple, he trains a lot, sleeps a lot and eats a lot. It is understood the Juventus star man eats 6 separate meals every day at intervals of 2-4 hours – Breakfast, mid-morning snack, 2 lunches and 2 dinners.
He has divided his meals into 6 so as to be energized throughout the day and to avoid being hungry at any time of the day. Being hungry at any point means lower performance level at that particular point. As expected, Ronaldo is very strict with his diet which is typically low in carbohydrates and protein and very low in fat.
His food is cooked without salt or oil, he doesn’t consume sugar or alcohol. His only drink is water except for fruit juice in breakfast sometimes. Ronaldo’s favourite food is Bacalhau a bras, a Portuguese dish which contains salted cod, onions, potatoes, black olives and scrambled eggs.
- Breakfast: A typical Ronaldo breakfast consists of one or more following, whole-grain cereal, Avocado toast, fruit, fruit juice, cheese, cold cuts and Egg white.
- Mid-morning snack: Tuna roll, fresh bread and Sardines.
- Lunch: Whole wheat Pasta, Tuna fish with hard-boiled eggs and tomatoes, fish, chicken and green vegetables.
- Dinner: Bacalhau a bras, steak, chicken or turkey breast, watermelon, side salad.
What Other Secrets Does Ronaldo Have?
Here are a few facts about Cristiano Ronaldo that you may not know:
- Named after POTUS: Ronaldo’s father Jose Dinis Aveiro named him after his favourite actor, who later became the President of the United States, Ronald Wilson Reagan. The 40th POTUS was just months into his second term in office when Ronaldo was born.
- Nicknamed Crybaby: Ronaldo’s nickname as a child is not one you could have easily guessed. He was nicknamed Cry-baby because he cried when his team lost when he missed a goal or even when a teammate refused to play him through on goal.
- Secret Baby Mama: Ronaldo Jr was born 10 years ago and the identity of the mother is the best-kept secret in world football. It is widely rumoured that the childbirth was a contract and the woman was paid off never to be seen again. He then had a twin with a surrogate mother who carried his DNA before finally having a 'normal' child with his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez.
- Football’s First Billionaire: A few months ago he became the first Billionaire in the history of the sport. You guessed right, his eternal rival Lionel Messi is set to be football's second billionaire.
- Record crowd at Unveiling: The 80,000 people that gathered to watch the unveiling of Ronaldo at the Santiago Bernabeu for Madrid is a record. It eclipsed the 75,000 that witnessed the unveiling of Diego Maradona at Napoli.
- He’s a Teetotaller: Ronaldo's father, Jose Dinis Aveiro died of liver failure, a complication of his drinking problem. Ronaldo has been teetotal since his death 15 years ago.
- No Tattoos: It is a little surprising in this age when most football stars have ink all over their body that a superstar like Ronaldo has none but the reason is not farfetched, he doesn’t have a tattoo because he’s a dedicated blood donor. The Red Cross stipulates you can’t give blood for 4 months after getting a tattoo, it means there would have to be at least 4 months between donations which Ronaldo cannot afford.