Friday February 5 2021
Ronaldo ‘can play until he’s 40’

Cristiano Ronaldo turns 36 today and his ex fitness coach says the Juventus star can play ‘until he’s 40.’

Giovanni Mauri worked at Real Madrid during Carlo Ancelotti’s tenure and gave an interview to Tuttosport on the day of Ronaldo’s birthday.

“When he arrived in Italy, I said he is a player out of the norm,” he said.

“He’s settled in and he continues scoring. He is following the method we proposed him in Madrid where rest is a fundamental part of the training.

“Rest doesn’t only mean to sleep. It’s not passive, but it’s made of specific exercises that aim to reach muscular, mental and articular wellness.”

How long can Ronaldo play for?

“I’ve worked with many footballers on their forties, from [Paolo] Maldini to [Alessandro] Costacurta. When I was at PSG I was sure [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic would have played until 40-year-old. They are all athletes with great flexibility despite their strength.

“Ibra has got a dancer’s mobility despite a weight of almost 100 kg.

“Cristiano Ronaldo is part of this category and can play until he’s 40.”