Everyone sees the underwear commercials, the girlfriends and the cars but, trust me, his work ethic is incredible. On the ball, in the gym, eating the right food. You know, I just remember every day after training it was always the same. ‘Carrington is so big, there are acres and acres, so the perimeter is massive. But he would just go out after training and dribble the ball in the rain – doing his step-overs, the ‘Cruyff’ turns, all the things you see on television. He hadn’t honed his free-kick (style) back then, that came later. ‘But he’d run with the ball at his feet around whole the perimeter, working on his own. It is no secret then. It is no surprise that this is how he has ended up. Not everyone does that. He is incredible.’ - Tim Howard, former Manchester United goalkeeper and Ronaldo’s team mate at the beginning of his career.
This right here is literally the face of someone who has worked so hard to be able to be the best player that he can be. If you don’t think that man is inspiring, then you clearly don’t understand the phenomenon that is Cristiano Ronaldo and I think that’s pretty deplorable.