Portugal and Juventus superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo is widely hailed as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport, with the striker winning numerous professional and personal honours, including five Ballon d’Or awards.
Ronaldo’s speed was a major factor of his success during his time at Manchester United, where he used his pace to terrorise defences and in 2011, the 35-year-old had raced professional sprinter Angel David Rodriguez in a 25m competition for a documentary called ‘Cristiano Ronaldo: Tested to the Limit’.
Such was his speed, that Rodriguez could only manage to beat him by a mere 0.3 seconds (3.31), with the sprinter believing that the Portugese international could run 100m in 11.60 seconds.
“He is fast and very good at lateral movements. He clearly trains a lot. I took three tenths from him, which is quite a lot. If it was 100 metres, he may be able to get 11.60.”
While the race was held nine years ago, there is no doubt that Ronaldo’s speed has not diminished by much with time considering that he is arguably the fittest footballer around as he takes special care when it comes to his training regimen and follows a strict diet.