Love or hate him, Cristiano Ronaldo’s place among the greats is never in doubt. A definition of hard work, talent and passion, the Portuguese superstar’s specialty is creating and breaking records.
Ronaldo’s rise to such consistent levels of high performance isn’t so much down to these key ingredients, though. Else every footballer would attain such quite seamlessly. CR7 typifies some hidden values. Here are three.
1 – Self-belief
To some it is arrogance, to others it’s pride, but this unshakeable self-belief in his ability means he can take on and beat some of the toughest opponents in the world. Cristiano’s confidence is unmatched, like many of his records.
“There are people out there who hate me and who say I’m arrogant, vain and whatever. That’s all part of my success. I am made to be the best,” he said as quoted by Myphonefootball.com.
This self-belief isn’t just in his footballing abilities. Ever since he hit stardom, Cristiano has done modelling and isn’t afraid to get his kit off and show off his body. Just check his Instagram page for reference. And with the best part of 176 million followers, I imagine there’s a fair few downloading this instagram story viewer so that they can continue to view any photoshoot exclusives he posts on his story.
2 – Hunger and drive
Cristiano has never been placid on his desire to be, and believe he is the greatest player in the world.
That hunger and drive is a superpower when it comes to competing against some of the toughest opponents in the world.
He uses criticism and negativity as fuel to succeed. Rarely do you see Ronaldo go through a long period without success. He bounces back quickly because of his desire to succeed and also help of the wide soccer cleat he uses.
His words: “I am not a perfectionist, but I like to feel that things are done well. More important than that, I feel an endless need to learn, to improve, to evolve, not only to please the coach and the fans, but also to feel satisfied with myself. It is my conviction that there are no limits to learning, and that it can never stop, no matter what our age.”
3 – Work ethic
Cristiano trains harder and longer than many of his teammates, some saying he is “obsessed”
No matter how talented you are, you’ll never be truly great if you don’t put in the work. The greatest are the greatest because they have the greatest work ethic!
“He had the desire to win and his talent was unbelievable. You get a lot of talented players who don’t have the desire to do the work, but Ronaldo put in the work… I think his desire probably got him to where he is today…
I’ve never seen anything like it, because every single day he came into training he was doing extra. Shooting, dribbling, stopovers, going to the gym, wanting to be stronger, quicker. Just practice, wanting to be better every single day.” – This is according to Goal.