Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has revealed that he was left jaw-dropped by what Cristiano Ronaldo ensures he has available to him at his house in his strive for greatness.
Ronaldo signed from Juventus this summer on a two year deal, with an option for a one-year extension.
The Portugal captain initially joined the Red Devils in 2003 from Sporting in a £12.2m transfer.
Under Sir Alex Ferguson’s guidance, the forward became one of the most talented players in the world. He won the Premier League three consecutively, the Champions League once, and the FA Cup once.
Ronaldo then joined Real Madrid for £80million, where he became one of the greatest of all time.
Former teammate Ferdinand has spoken about how the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has always been determined to be the best, going as far as having different members of staff available to him at his home.
Speaking to Anthony Joshua on William Hill’s YouTube channel, Ferdinand said: “People never talk about Cristiano’s bravery.
“He was brave to take risks, he came over to another country. He was brave to remain the person that he was and didn’t change really. He became obsessed with the sport that he chose and then drilled down into details which was building a team around himself.
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“I went round his house one time and I walked in and he had about six/seven people sitting in his front room. I said to him, ‘Cris, who are all these people, man?’
“He was like, ‘That’s my personal masseur, my nutritionist, my doctor, my physio, my chef.’
“He had all these people and back then no one was doing that. He was a visionary in that sense.”
Since returning to the Premier League, Ronaldo has scored three goals in two appearances and is already proving that even at 36, he is still more than capable of dominating the most competitive league in the world.
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Ferdinand continued: “He’s just looking for every little detail that’s going to enable him to improve. He’ll send me pictures and he does deep water recovery sessions in saltwater. He drove for two hours to get there from Turin when he was playing with Juventus.
“Other people are at home or out at dinner. He’s just looking for that extra edge.”
Ronaldo is undoubtedly one of the greatest players ever to have scored 678 goals in his 900 career appearances. If he can bring silverware to Old Trafford during the next few seasons, it will be a strong case that he is the best ever.