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5 ways Cristiano Ronaldo can prolong his career at the top

Scott Newman
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4.40K   //    13 Nov 2017, 15:45 IST

Real Madrid v Atletico de Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final
Losing some excess muscle could help keep Ronaldo from ticking over

While Cristiano Ronaldo remains at the peak of football right now – he’s still probably the world’s greatest player, even as newer talents like Harry Kane and Kylian Mbappe are emerging – there’s no denying that father time waits for no man.

It’s now been fourteen years since the Portuguese star signed with Manchester United, and somehow it’s been eight years – almost a decade – since he went to Real Madrid.

Ronaldo turns 33 in February, and the general consensus is that footballers – even fantastic ones – begin to see their powers wane in their mid-to-late thirties. Due to his absolute dedication to his craft, Ronaldo’s time at the top may last a little longer than some others, but he can’t continue to play like superman forever.

There are, however, some ways through which he could prolong, or even rejuvenate his career. Here are 5 suggestions:

#5 Trim down a little

Normally when trimming down is mentioned with regards to a footballer, it usually involves them attempting to get to lower bodyfat levels. Not so with Ronaldo, who resembles a Greek god – and doesn’t everyone in the football world know it, with the amount of times the Portuguese star tears off his shirt and flexes his muscles in celebration.

Heading into his mid-30’s, though, you could argue that the muscle he’s carrying could be to his detriment.

Firstly, he may not actually need all of that excess muscle – other players aren’t carrying as much and it’s not like Ronaldo has a Lukaku-esque frame. So it could well end up slowing him down, and as we’ve seen in recent performances from him, this has probably happened already, as the blistering pace he once had is definitely no longer as impressive as it once was.

Secondly, a lot of weight-lifting - particularly, a strength and conditioning programme that Ronaldo most likely follows – can lead to muscle injuries in older athletes, and Ronaldo wouldn’t want a major injury to an already-worn joint like his knee or shoulder.

So, perhaps, it’s time for him to cut the lifting a little and try to get more lean and mean. It was reported as far back as February 2016 that he was planning to change his diet in order to trim down a little, but judging by recent photos he’s still as muscular as ever. To prolong his career, maybe it’s time for Ronaldo to embrace being skinny again.

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Scott Newman
UK based, big follower of football and MMA. Tottenham and England fan for life!
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