Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his 34th birthday today but considering his powerful displays on the pitch week in and week out, it is not much difficult to believe why he is still at Europe's top five leagues. He is now the same age at which legendary Zinedine Zidane retired and past the age at which Philipp Lahm retired from all forms of football.
The Portuguese talisman is undoubtedly striving hard to be the best like always and is the top scorer of Serie A with 17 goals with Juventus. His exploits helped Juventus maintain their unbeaten record in the Italian league this season.
The modern-day great himself said before that he wishes to play till 40. While this is almost impossible to fathom for most professional footballers, critics and fans alike are reluctant to bet against Cristiano as he has always proved his naysayers wrong.
As the megastar of world football turns 34 years old, let us evaluate three reasons why Cristiano can keep his promise and play at the top level till he turns 40.
#1 Insane fitness
People who follow football know Cristiano's alien-like capabilities on the pitch. The 34-year-old's body is showing signs of slowing down but he is determined to slow down his deterioration which comes with his age. Almost a year ago, his medical report showed that he has the body of a 20-year-old, which is astonishing for any human being of his age.
The test by Juventus' medical team revealed that he has a total body mass of 7 percent. Ronaldo has a muscle mass of 50 percent, while the average is 46 percent. Amazingly, Cristiano also recorded the fastest sprint in last year’s World Cup in Russia, a speed of 33.98 km per hour.
The fitness test revelations only show Cristiano's singular focus towards his fitness. We are all familiar with how he took ice baths early in the morning and did other courageous training regimes to turn his skinny avatar into an absolute beast. This surely played a huge role in his career and help him stay sharp despite ageing.