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Cristiano Ronaldo 'Not Normal' After Text He Sent Teammate At 11pm After Game

Rebecca Shepherd


Cristiano Ronaldo 'Not Normal' After Text He Sent Teammate At 11pm After Game

Cristiano Ronaldo's work ethic is quite incredible and Medhi Benatia has told a story that sums up the five time Ballon d'Or winner perfectly.

Former Juventus teammate Benatia, now playing for Qatar side Al-Duhail SC, explained exactly how much Ronaldo loves to graft.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Speaking to AS, he said: "For the game against Atalanta we were the two unused substitutes because three days later we were going to play again and the coach wanted to make rotations.

"When we were on the bus back [from Bergamo], Cristiano sent me a message: 'What are you going to do now?' I told him: 'It's eleven pm. I'm going home. Why?'

"'Do you feel like doing some exercise in the gym? I didn't sweat and I need it. Are you coming?' I replied that it was eleven o'clock at night and I just wanted to get home and watch TV."

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Funnily enough however, Benatia doesn't remember exactly what happened as Ronaldo wasn't an 'unused substitute' because he came off the bench to score an equaliser in the 78th minute.

Speaking more about what he took from the conversation with Ronaldo, Benatia continued to add: "At that moment I realised that Cristiano is not a normal person.

"When you work with him, you respect him more because you see that he sacrificed his whole life for football."

Woulda got that if he went to the gym at 11. Credit: PA
Woulda got that if he went to the gym at 11. Credit: PA

According to reports, Ronaldo went home and felt like he 'hadn't sweat' so needed to go and do some more work at the gym. What a machine.

It may explain why the 36-year-old managed to become football's first billionaire. Counting money counts as arm day, right?

Last year, Forbes reported that Ronaldo earned $105m ($83m) before taxes and fees in the past year, which not only put him in fourth place on the 2020 Forbes Celebrity 100, but also placed him one spot above fellow footballer Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo is only the third athlete to hit the mark while still actually playing - with Tiger Woods managing the same in 2009 off the back of a huge endorsement deal with Nike, and Floyd Mayweather also doing the same in 2017 thanks to a cut of pay-per-view sales from his boxing matches.

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Topics: SPORT, Entertainment, Cristiano Ronaldo

Rebecca Shepherd
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