Former Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher has revealed teammates used to laugh at Cristiano Ronaldo when he trained with leg weights on as part of his regime to become the best player in the world during his time at Old Trafford.
According to Fletcher, Ronaldo always had the mindset of becoming the best player in the world when he joined Manchester United and he worked on his physique throughout his career, all in the pursuit of becoming a better player.
“Ronaldo had a mind-set that he was going to be the best player in the world from the first day he came into the club,” Fletcher told Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.
“He ramped up training early on. At first people loved the desire but he did get stick for it.”
Ronaldo have gone on to win five Ballon d’Or trophies and two The Best FIFA Men’s Player awards, so it’s really hard to argue about the results of his training regime.
Fletcher also revealed despite United teammates laughing at Ronaldo for his training regime, they respected his dedication in trying to become the best.
“People respected it and liked that mentality of wanting to be the best,” Fletcher added.
“There were times he was putting ankle weights on for training, doing fast feet and the lads were laughing at him. But it didn’t deter him.”