BRAZILIAN legend Pele has hailed Cristiano Ronaldo as ‘the modern athlete’ for his incredible worth ethic.
The Portuguese five-time Ballon d’Or winner won his second Serie A title in just two seasons since joining Italian giants Juventus.
The 35-year-old extended his tally to 31 league goals during the Old Lady’s 2-0 win over Sampdoria that confirmed top spot.
And Ronaldo came in for particular praise from Pele, who has previously named the ex-Real Madrid superstar as the best in the world.
The 79-year-old wrote on Instagram: “Cristiano Ronaldo is the modern athlete, who shows everyone that success always comes for those who are committed and love what they do.
“In addition to him, I want to pay tribute to the incredible Douglas Costa , Alex Sandro and Danilo. Congratulations on the championship, Juventus!”
Cristiano Ronaldo is the modern athlete, who shows everyone that success always comes for those who are committed and love what they do
Brazil legend Pele
Despite entering the twilight years of his career Ronaldo has become the fastest man to net 50 Serie A goals.
Behind the scenes it takes a lot of hard work. From his diet, to exercise routine to sleep and rest, the forward leads the most disciplined of lifestyles.
He can eat up to SIX meals a day, with fish a big part of his diet.
Once tucked up, Ronaldo will ensure he has eight hours of sleep each night. That’s in addition to FIVE naps he will take during the day.
The gym and intense exercise are also a huge part of Ronaldo’s life – as shown by his incredible muscle definition and speedy recovery from injury.
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Manchester United star Jesse Lingard recently described Ronaldo as the Michael Jordan of football.
He told Sky Sports: “Everything he has achieved in his career. He has been at plenty of clubs and won many trophies.
“I believe he is a real icon of football, the Michael Jordan of football.”