Training Advice That Helped Cristiano Ronaldo Become a Soccer Superstar
When players are as good as Cristiano Ronaldo, you often wonder what advice or tips led them to developing such unique talents.
For Ronaldo, it all changed thanks to former Manchester United assistant manager Rene Meulensteen.
The Telegraph produced an article in 2014 that discussed the tips that Meulensteen gave Ronaldo at Manchester United, and clearly, the manager's advice allowed Ronaldo to tweak his game and become the most phenomenal player in the sport.
Sometimes as a player, you don't need to completely transform your game to take that next step towards greatness. All you have to do is make a few minor tweaks that could improve your game in a major way.
Here a couple of quotes from the article with the outstanding tips that Meulensteen gave CR7:
“I told him: ‘The problem is also your attitude and therefore your decision-making. At the moment you’re playing to put yourself into the limelight, to say “look at me, how good I am”. Therefore, Mr Ronaldo, you are doing a lot that doesn’t mean anything for your team-mates’.
On scoring goals:
"Cristiano, I’ve looked at your goals last season, and you only scored 23 because you want to score the perfect goal all the time. ‘Look at me! Top corner!’ The most important individuals are the ones who elevate the team, not themselves. You think it’s the other way round. No, no, no. Elevate the team and the team will then elevate you.’”
On pretty and ugly goals:
“He was thinking: ‘That ball comes to me, I hit it top corner.’ I needed him to get out of that. I told him: ‘It doesn’t matter how you score, where you score, as long as the ball goes in the net.’”
After reaching his goal target:
“You have to reset your target because you have already achieved it,’’ Meulensteen said to Ronaldo at Carrington. “You can now do two things, you can take your foot off the pedal, say ‘I’m happy with this’, or break your personal best and then you have March, April, May to come and that’s when these things are won.”
Players like Ronaldo weren't made overnight. If you want to become a world-class player, you have to be able to recognize the holes in your game and use effective training to eliminate them.
How can I improve my weak foot? What changes can I make to my approach to the game?
Questions like these could make all the difference. As Ronaldo learned, all it takes is one piece of advice to take you from a good player to a great player.