5 Characteristics of Cristiano Ronaldo That Every Youth Player Should Embrace
Few players in the history of soccer have been able to score at such an incredibly astounding rate as Real Madrid and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo.
Despite what you may think about some of his on-field antics, and tendency for selfish outbursts, there's no questioning the fact that Ronaldo is one of the greatest players to ever lace um up.
Here are 5 characteristics of the Portuguese talisman that youth soccer players should embrace.
1. Will to Win
Few players can legitimately claim to have the same will to win as Cristiano Ronaldo. His will to triumph, reign supreme, and compete is unique, and makes him a special player.
From mundane relay races, to juggling competitions, small sided games, 5v2, you name it, Ronaldo wants to win and shows this every day in training.
Foster and build a will to win inside yourself as you go about your business of becoming the next great player to take the pitch.
2. Work Ethic
Ronaldo's commitment to working hard is something his peers often compliment him on. His dedication to fitness and fine tuning his body to compete at the highest level makes him an athletic freak that few have been able to match physically over the course of the last 4-7 years.
The work ethic of young players is often what separates the good from the great. It's easy to show up and have a kick around, but to really be the best you've got to sacrifice and dedicate yourself to the sport both on and off the pitch, by how you train, and how you treat your body.
3. Hunger for Acclaim
Selfish play and simulation are big things to dislike about Ronaldo, but his hunger for personal acclaim and addiction to getting on the score sheet have made him one of the most deadliest goal-scorers in world soccer history.
Cultivating an inherent desire for success and being the man man is something to be encouraged and supported.
Humility must be a trademark of any great player, but wanting to be king of the pitch and make your personal mark in every single game is a spot on approach.
4. Mindset of A Champion
Ronaldo has one many titles in his well-documented career, but even in his younger days playing for Manchester United as a rising star, it was easy to see that Cristiano had the mindset of a winner.
He believed in himself, perhaps as much as anyone else, he believed in his own ability, and realized his potential by putting himself out there and self actualizing.
Develop the mindset of a champion from an early age and state your intentions to the universe. Dream big and go out and get what you want.
5. Use Notoriety for Good
Ronaldo is often ridiculed for for his on-field behaviors, and rightly so in some cases, but he has used his fame and fortune on many occasions to helps those in need. His philanthropic and humanistic endeavors to help countries and individuals is noteworthy.
Instilling the same essence of charity and giving in the younger generations hitting the fields right now is critical to the future of the game, and the future of our planet.