Although the two have not played together since 2009, Rio Ferdinand and Cristiano Ronaldo have been in touch.
Both were important parts of success Manchester United team that won three Premier League titles and the Champions League and, such was the level of unity traversed by this dress, their friendship is maintained.
In fact, Ferdinand was believed to have played an important role in convincing the 36-year-old to return to Old Trafford instead of moving to Manchester City, claiming a bond that had been building up over the years. years.
Talking to Anthony Joshua before his fight for the world title, the former England defender revealed that a particular aspect of Ronaldo’s life had left him stunned.
While the striker’s commitment to staying fit to the fullest is well documented, the lengths he would follow to make sure he was always in the best shape surprised even a close friend.
When Joshua asked him what he could do to mimic Ronaldo’s ability to stay in the lead for an extended period of time, Ferdinand revealed it all.
“I think you have to be brave: people never talk about Cristiano’s courage,” he said (via William Will’s official YouTube channel).
“He was brave to take risks, he came to another country. He was brave to remain the person he was and he didn’t really change.
“He became obsessed with the sport he chose and then delved into the details that built a team around him.
“I walked around his house and came in and he had about six / seven people sitting in his front room. I said, ‘Cris, who are all these people, man? “
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“It was like, ‘This is my personal masseur, my nutritionist, my doctor, my physiotherapist, my chef.’
“He had all these people and then no one did. He was a visionary in that sense.
“Just look for every little detail that allows you to improve.
“He will send me a photo and do deep water recovery sessions at sea. He drove two hours to get there when he was in Turin with Juventus.
“There are other people at home or out at dinner. Just looking for that extra benefit.”
If Joshua continues at this level, the world of boxing could soon be much more exciting.
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