Football World Cup News: Rio Ferdinand reveals how Cristiano Ronaldo became one of the best players in history of football

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  • Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brilliant hat-trick in Portugal’s opening Group B fixture against Spain in 2018 FIFA World Cup
  • Ronaldo’s former team-mate Rio Ferdinand revealed how dedicated Ronaldo was to becoming the number 1 player in the world
  • He was the first person I saw employing a nutritionist, a doctor, a personal physio, a chef – said, Ferdinand,

Cristiano Ronaldo couldn’t have asked for a better start to his 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign. The Portuguese captain scored a brilliant hat-trick against Spain in Portugal’s opening Group B fixture, to become only the 4th player to score in 4 different World Cups and 1st player to score in 8 different international tournaments.

Ronaldo stuns the World with another superb strike

After his incredible bicycle kick against Juventus in the Champions League semi-final in April, Ronaldo again made the world stand still when his rocket of a free-kick nestled into the top corner and was so inch-perfect that world’s best goalkeeper at the moment David de Gea could only stand and watch. This was Ronaldo’s first free-kick goal at a major tournament after an astonishing 45 attempts but he made sure that he broke that run at the best time possible for his team and country.

In latest FIFA World Cup 2018 News, Rio Ferdinand who was Ronaldo’s team-mate at Manchester United for 6 years revealed during his punditry on BBC sport, how Ronaldo from the start focussed on his health and fitness and dedicated himself to becoming the best player on this planet. At 33-year-old Ronaldo is still among the fittest players on the planet, and that just goes to show how hard he has worked to keep himself at the topmost level, even though age is not on his side now.

Speaking about Cristiano Ronaldo, Ferdinand said, “He was the first person I saw employing a nutritionist, a doctor, a personal physio, a chef. They came and lived in his house more or less, he lived a couple of doors up from me. Go into his house it was like a carnival, people walking around, I used to think “wow, what’s going on here?”

Key to Ronaldo’s success is his mentality – Rio Ferdinand

Prior to his brilliant free-kick, Ronaldo had opened the scoring for Portugal with a penalty that he himself had earned thanks to a careless tackle by his Madrid team-mate Nacho. Diego Costa did level things up pretty quickly but just before the half-time mark, Ronaldo’s left foot thundering shot from outside the box managed to deceive De Gea, and the Manchester United keeper made a hash of it, which allowed the ball to slip through his hands.

Costa added another in the 2nd half to give Spain parity in the contest before Nacho redeemed himself with an excellent goal, that could have easily been the high point of the match, had Ronaldo not done what he did with his only shot on target in 2nd half.

“But he invested in himself to become the best in the world and he left Manchester United as the best player in the world. The mentality is key to everything about Cristiano Ronaldo, to sustain that level across 10-12 years, five Ballon d’Ors, winning all these trophies that he’s got. To do that you need a particular mentality, the drive, the determination, to year on year try and improve. That’s what sets him apart. That’s what makes him special,” said Rio, who has in the past admitted to bullying the Portuguese during his early days in Manchester United.

After winning the 2016 EURO’s, Ronaldo is hoping to drive his team to a World Cup glory this year and cement his place as the greatest player of all-time and almost confirm a 6th Ballon d’Or, which would take him ahead of Lionel Messi.

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