Cristiano Ronaldo’s former fitness coach, Giovanni Mauri, gave Tuttosport an interview on the day of Ronaldo’s birthday.
During the tenure of Carlo Ancelotti, Mauri served at Real Madrid.
Today, Ronaldo turns 36 and Mauri says the star of Juventus will play until he’s 40.
“When he arrived in Italy, I said he is a player out of the norm,” he said.
“He’s settled in and he continues scoring. He is following the method we proposed him in Madrid where rest is a fundamental part of the training.
“Rest doesn’t only mean to sleep. It’s not passive, but it’s made of specific exercises that aim to reach muscular, mental and articular wellness.”
When asked how long can Ronaldo play for, Mauri replied:
“I’ve worked with many footballers on their forties, from [Paolo] Maldini to [Alessandro] Costacurta. When I was at PSG I was sure [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic would have played until 40-year-old. They are all athletes with great flexibility despite their strength.
“Ibra has got a dancer’s mobility despite a weight of almost 100 kg.
“Cristiano Ronaldo is part of this category and can play until he’s 40.”