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Cristiano Ronaldo talks about his dribbling and physique, also refers to his transformation from a winger to a striker.

Cristiano Ronaldo explains his transformation and reveals the reason for his aesthetic physicality. 

Published By: Dalipinder Singh Sandhu (Bliss)

Cristiano Ronaldo who is currently on national duty with Portugal for the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia, gave an interview to Joltter, the WebTV host for Unisport. The Portuguese forward discussed his game style and how he evolved in a way to adapt well and produce better stats even when the age generally doesn’t usually allow to do so.

Cristiano Ronaldo is world-famous for his athletic built and photogenic set of abs. The 33-year old reveals the story behind his transformation from a skinny little child to a muscular young man.

“Well, it’s not a secret. When I was 12-13 I started to do it like a program, like a gym for fun and after that I started to see, you know, that I was improving, I became more muscular.”

The Portuguese forward hails his family for providing him good genetics for a toned physique but that is not the only thing which counts.

“My family has good genetics, it helps, but if you don’t work, your genetics is nothing.”

Cristiano admits that earlier he started to exercise for the sake of body image and fun but later he realized that it could benefit his style of game. Needless to say that the current Champions League winner has capitalized efficiently on the advantage.

“I started to do small exercises and small things then I see ‘wow the arm is better!’ the veins you can see a little bit, the abs, the chest…you know what, it’s fun in the begining and after that I said, well if you can transform your body for the sport, for the football; it’s good, it’s gonna help because you have talent and if you are strong it will be better. The impacts you’re gonna get in the game are gonna be more strong, it will be better for you.”

Many critics and people around the world have mocked the Real Madrid man for being obsessed with his body and for showing it off on regular occurrences. Cristiano Ronaldo thus responds to it in his own way, clarifying his need of profession to maintain a fit physique.

“I don’t do gym for the pictures,you know, I do it for the sport. I know that helps me to be a better player.”

Over the years, Cristiano Ronaldo has emerged from being an entertainer to a goalscorer but he claims that it is intentional and not a limitation of his ability to dribble.

“I do it (stepovers) sometimes.”

“As you know, you have to change a few things with age. It doesn’t mean that I am not able to dribble many-many times in a game, I can still do that. But I realized a few years ago, maybe 6-7 years ago, that  the most important thing is to win the game, to help the team, and score goals.”

The 5-time Ballon d’Or winner says that he realized winning games is the most important attribute of football. This is one of the reasons why he started to curl the ball into the back of the net more and more often.

“In my mind, the focus is always there. If you have to win the games, you have to score goals! I keep my energey, as I said before, to help the team, to win the game, which is the most important thing and after that, with the goals because I know if I score goals, it is better for the team.”

Cristiano Ronaldo moved from Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2009 and since then his goalscoring can be judged by a phenomenal stat that he became the club’s all-time top scorer in under 7 seasons. The earlier record holders found took considerably more time to do so; Raul took 16 seasons whereas Di Stefano took 11 seasons. This refers to the drastic change in the gameplay of the Portuguese.

“Of course, I changed. During the era when I was in Manchester, I was more of a pure winger: dribbling, cross, you know. The time when I came to Spain I started to see more of the goal and I started to score goals, and goals, and goals; and I said ‘wow, I like to score goals!’. The team is the most important but of course I love to score goals.”

Cristiano Ronaldo now heads to Russia for the FIFA World Cup 2018 where he will captain his national side as Portugal kicks off its campaign against Spain on 15th June 2018 at 7:00 PM CET.

The FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia will be commenced on 14th June 2018 at 4:00 PM CET.

The first game between home team Russia and Saudi Arabia will be played in Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow at 5:00 PM CET.

All the matches of the competition will be telecasted live all over the world via the official broadcasting partners of FIFA.

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