Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo said he prefers to watch boxing or UFC over football games.
Ronaldo is regarded one of football’s all-time greats after his outstanding displays for Real Madrid, Manchester United, Juventus and Portugal.
The Portuguese forward is Madrid’s record goalscorer, while his honours include five Champions League titles, three Premier League trophies, Euro 2016, two Serie A titles and also La Liga titles along with numerous other silverware.
But when it comes to watching television, Ronaldo has revealed his love for combat sports over football.
“Playing football is my passion, but I prefer watching other sports on TV,” Ronaldo told Gennady Golovkin in a DAZN documentary titled ‘Parallel Worlds’. “Between watching a football match or a boxing or UFC fight, I choose boxing or UFC.”
Ronaldo, who has met UFC star Conor McGregor previously said: “When I was at Manchester United, a coach boxed with me. I think practicing boxing is useful for football because it sharpens your senses and you learn to move.”
Aged 35, Ronaldo has showed no signs of decline in 2020. He even celebrated his 100th Juventus appearance with two goals in Sunday’s 3-1 Serie A victory over Genoa.
Not only was he making his 100th Juventus appearance, he also became the first player to reach 400 wins in Europe’s top five leagues this century.
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“Last summer, I had a chat with [heavyweight champion] Anthony Joshua,” Ronaldo, who already has 10 Serie A goals in seven matches this season and 14 across all competitions, said.
“At 33 you start to think your legs are going. I want to stay in sport, in football. People will look at me and say: ‘Cristiano was an incredible player but now he’s slow’. I don’t want that.
“You can change a lot about your body, but the problem isn’t that. It’s depends on your mindset, your motivation and your experience, which I think is the most complex thing.
“In sport, you can gain maturity. Look at [Roger] Federer in tennis; he’s 37 or 38 years old and he’s still at his peak, and there are some in boxing too.”