It’s no secret that football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has abs of steel, but a new image of the Portuguese dynamo suggests he’s ageing in reverse. At 36 years old, you’d be forgiven for packing on a few pre-retirement pounds and starting the slippery decline into commentary or coaching, but Ronaldo isn’t letting age slow him down.
Taken at the EUFA championship on Sunday where Portugual was sadly beaten by Germany 4-2, the image shows just how the human body can look when properly cared for. Rippling abs and vascular upper body on display, Ronaldo’s physique is better suited to someone half his age, and it’s all due to his incredibly strict diet and workout regime.
Nowadays, the football star relies on a diet that is heavy with fatty proteins, such as fish. According to Insider, Ronaldo was one of the first players to hire a personal chef, during his time at Manchester United. Remarkably, he eats upwards of six meals a day, helping to fuel his five gym sessions and afternoon siesta. Throw in a healthy dose of football training, swimming and pilates and you start to understand why he looks the way he does.
But perhaps the most interesting thing we’ve learned over the past week has been in relation to soft drink. Footage of Ronaldo sweeping two bottles of Coco-Cola out of camera shot and remarking “agua” (water) while smiling to journalists during a UEFA Euro press conference went viral, with some news sources claiming the move cut the beverage brand’s market value by USD$4 billion.
Sure, that figure was completely inaccurate, with Coca-Cola’s value already falling as a result of low trading day for the US market, but it did serve as a powerful reminder that the old fizzy drink might not be so good for you. Of course, you probably didn’t need Ronaldo to tell you that.