Cristiano Ronaldo made Higuain look like a Sunday championship during Juventus training

Cristiano Ronaldo turns 36 in February.

However, you wouldn’t know after seeing the Portuguese superstar in action with Juventus this season.

In his 10 Serie A appearances in 2020/21, the global icon scored 12 goals and was comfortably the best overall performer under new manager Andrea Pirlo.

Even during Juve’s 3-0 home defeat to Fiorentina on Tuesday night, the Portuguese was one of the best players in the park and certainly didn’t deserve to be on the losing side.

So how does Ronaldo still perform at such a high standard at an age where most footballers are in the midst of a significant drop?

Well, it largely depends on his physical condition. Ronaldo is a supreme athlete and his commitment to keeping himself in the best shape possible over the years is paying dividends right now.

In July last year, the Portuguese star showed his physical prowess by taking part in a training session alongside former Juventus teammate Gonzalo Higuain.

The pair engaged in a sprint test ahead of the 2019/20 season and Higuain’s attempt paled compared to Ronaldo’s.

You can check out the workout footage below.

Higuain against Ronaldo

Higuain is nearly three years younger than Ronaldo, having turned 33 on 10 December.

However, you wouldn’t know it after watching the video above, with Higuain looking more like a Sunday League player than the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

There is a reason why Higuain is currently playing in MLS with Inter Miami and Ronaldo is still considered one of the best footballers on the planet.

Spoiler alert, it doesn’t depend on natural talent.

Ronaldo and Higuain with Juventus

But it’s not just Higuain, most talented footballers lack Ronaldo’s application and insatiable hunger for success.

It is a mentality that few athletes in the history of sport have possessed and that is why the Portuguese superstar is idolized by millions of people around the world.

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