April 17, 2024

Ronaldo, the secret of his longevity revealed

I’ll tell you when I’m done. It was with this provocative message, posted on his Instagram account, that Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated his 54th goal of the year in all competitions three days ago. A goal that enabled him to close out 2023 as the top scorer in world soccer, ahead of scoring machines Harry Kane (52), Kylian Mbappé (52) and Erling Haaland (50).

While some obs…

I’ll tell you when I’m done. It was with this provocative message, posted on his Instagram account, that Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated his 54th goal of the year in all competitions three days ago. A goal that enabled him to close out 2023 as the top scorer in world soccer, ahead of scoring machines Harry Kane (52), Kylian Mbappé (52) and Erling Haaland (50).

While some observers considered him to be in early retirement at Al-Nassr, where he arrived last January, CR7 has proved in his first twelve months in Saudi Arabia that he still has plenty left in the tank. At 38 (he will blow out his 39th birthday candle on February 5), this extraordinary longevity comes as no surprise to his Portuguese compatriot Danilo Pereira.

It’s all down to his genetics

Cristiano hasn’t changed much since I’ve known him, he confides in the 1 para 1 podcast. He’s always faim, he still has the ambition to score goals and perform at the highest level. I think that’s what defines him as a player, and that’s why he’s still in the national team today. A Portugal team he hopes to take to the summit at Euro 2024 (June 14 to July 14).

And as far as the versatile PSG defensive midfielder is concerned, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner still has plenty to amaze his fans, as his exceptional work ethic is not his only secret. He always wants to play, and physically he feels good. I don’t really know how to explain it, but it’s also down to his genetics, his work and the way he trains every day, he asserts. DNA has spoken, Cristiano Ronaldo is in for the long haul.