Cristiano Ronaldo’s work ethic is quite incredible and Medhi Benatia has told a brilliant story that sums up the five time Ballon d’Or winner perfectly.
For all his skills and goal scoring ability probably nothing stands Ronaldo apart as much as his work rate and determination to win and be the best in the world.
Former Juventus teammate Benatia, now playing for Qatar side Al-Duhail SC, told a story that explained exactly how much Ronaldo loves to work, “For the game against Atalanta we were the two unused substitutes because three days later we were going to play again and the coach wanted to make rotations.
“When we were on the bus back [from Bergamo], Cristiano sent me a message: ‘What are you going to do now?’ I told him: ‘It’s eleven pm. I’m going home. Why?’
“‘Do you feel like doing some exercise in the gym? I didn’t sweat and I need it. Are you coming?’”, Benatia told AS.
“I replied that it was eleven o’clock at night and I just wanted to get home and watch TV.”
What makes the story even more impressive is the fact that the Morrocan is remembering the story slightly wrong.
The centre back was indeed an unused substitute for the match but Ronaldo came off the bench and scored an equaliser in the 78th minute to keep the Old Lady’s unbeaten run going at that point of the season.
He then went home and felt like he ‘hadn’t sweat’ so needed to go and do some more work at the gym, the guy never stops.
Speaking about the incident Benatia added, “At that moment I realized that Cristiano is not a normal person. When you work with him, you respect him more because you see that he sacrificed his whole life for football.”
No matter what you think of the former Manchester United player there is no doubt that he always wants to improve himself.
Along with his agent Jorge Mendes the Juve striker has donated €1 million between the Lisbon’s Hospital de Santa Maria and Santo Antonio hospital in Porto during the Covid-19 outbreak.
A spokesperson for the Lisbon hospital told CNN, “They were absolutely unselfish and supportive. They wanted to improve the conditions of their compatriots. Therefore, we reinforced the critical care area, which is the one where the biggest fight will be fought.”