Cristiano Ronaldo's gruelling diet and exercise regime reveals how the star manages to still be at his peak, even at the age of 36.
Although undoubtedly gifted with bags of talent, Ronaldo works extremely hard to ensure he's in top physical condition - including chowing down on frequent healthy meals and participating in three to four hours of workouts every day.
To keep his fitness levels up, Ronaldo is a fan of swimming and Pilates, while also working out at the gym five times a week, where he mixes it up between high-intensity cardio and weight lifting.
According to The Daily Mail, Ronaldo spends around three to four hours working out every day.
When it comes to workouts, Ronaldo's former Juventus teammate Medhi Benatia recently let slip just how dedicated he is after he revealed he received an 11pm text message from Ronaldo asking him: "Do you feel like doing some exercise in the gym? I didn't sweat and I need it. Are you coming?"
Benati turned down the offer, but added: "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."
Ronaldo's super-healthy diet sees him chomping his way through six high-protein, high-grain, low fat meals a day, the Mail reports - all of which are specially chosen by his own personal dietician who has worked alongside the footballer for years.
Talking about his diet, Ronaldo said: "Eat regularly. It's important to keep energy levels high."
And he keeps those energy levels high by eating plenty of fresh fish - including tuna and swordfish - plus steak, olives, chicken, low fat yoghurt, and fresh fruits and salads.
The Portuguese player keeps himself hydrated by completely cutting out alcohol and fizzy drinks and only sups water.
Who could forget the time he moved bottles of Coca-Cola from view during a Euro 2020 press conference, before directing people's attention to water as an alternative?
Tournament sponsor Coca-Cola had placed several bottles of their fizzy drinks in front of the players during the conference, but Ronaldo did not seem impressed and moved the bottles along before lifting up his water and saying 'agua' - the Portuguese word for water.
As well as seemingly having to dedicate a large portion of his day to eating, Ronaldo makes time for sleep - quite a lot, in fact.
But he doesn't go in for the bog-standard 'eight hours a night' malarkey. Instead he prefers to have five 90-minute naps to keep himself feeling fresh and energised.
Speaking about his unusual sleep schedule, he told Four Four Two: "Proper sleep is really important for getting the most out of training.
"Sleep helps muscles recover which is really important."
And I actually feel pretty tired just from reading what he does in a day.
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