Cristiano Ronaldo turns 36 today and his former fitness coach says the Juventus star is going to play until he’s 40.
Giovanni Mauri worked at Real Madrid during Carlo Ancelotti’s tenure and gave Tuttosport an interview on the day of Ronaldo’s birthday.
“When he came to Italy, I said he was an out-of-standard player,” he said.
“He’s settled in and keeps scoring. He follows the technique we suggested to him in Madrid, where rest is an integral part of the training. Rest means not just sleep. It is not passive, but it is composed of unique activities aimed at achieving muscular, mental, and articular well-being.
How long will Ronaldo be able to play?
I worked with several footballers in their 40s, from [Paolo] Maldini to [Alessandro] Costacurta. I was sure when I was at PSG that [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic would play until he was 40 years old. Despite their strength, they are all athletes with great versatility.
Despite a weight of nearly 100 kg, Ibra has the versatility of a dancer. This category includes Cristiano Ronaldo and he can play until he’s 40.”