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Cristiano Ronaldo: What I Discussed With Anthony Joshua Last Summer

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Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed his love for combat sports in a fascinating interview. The Juventus forward is renowned for his tiptop physique; one which has been shaped by activities like boxing.

The former Real Madrid superstar was the focus of a documentary from DAZN called ‘Parallel Worlds’ where he chats to boxer Gennady Golovkin.

“Playing football is my passion, but I prefer watching other sports on TV,” Ronaldo said during the documentary. “Between watching a football match or a boxing or UFC fight, I choose boxing or UFC.

“The best athletes are those that anticipate what is going to happen; that’s it’s like in a ring,” Golovkin added. “But it’s also the reason why, in matches, they clearly go after Cristiano, to take him out of the game.”

Ronaldo’s respect for combat sports, and boxing in particular, appears to have begun during his time at Old Trafford.

“When I was at Manchester United, a coach boxed with me,” Ronaldo continued. “I think practicing boxing is useful for football because it sharpens your senses and you learn to move.”

As part of the documentary, Ronaldo looked back over his development and how he became a professional footballer.

“I was born on the island of Madeira and, when I was 11, Sporting CP went to speak to my parents,” Ronaldo said. “They told them that they were interested in me, but that I’d have to leave to live in Lisbon.

“Leaving my family is the most difficult thing I’ve done in my life. My toughest moments were when I moved to Lisbon and when I lost my father.

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“I think it’s good to have emotions. I don’t hide who I am. People say men don’t cry but, who said men don’t cry? We all have feelings and emotions and we have to express them.”

At the age of 35, Ronaldo is making a big effort to try to keep himself in top shape going into the latter stages of his career.

“Last summer, I had a chat with Anthony Joshua,” Ronaldo revealed. “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.”

Ronaldo also took a moment to reflect on his career as a whole.

“I made sacrifices to be the best in the world, but the most important thing for me is being a good person,” he said.

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Ghana Nollywood Boss, Others, Mobilise Nigerians against Black Queens In Accra Sunday World Cup Tie

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There is serious mobilisation of Nigerians living in Ghana to support the Super Falcons in their match against the Black Queens of Ghana today.

The supporters have agreed to troop out in numbers to the Accra Sports Stadium to support the Super Falcons in a World Cup qualifier encounter.

The mobilisation of Nigerians is spearheaded, among many others calling for massive turn out of Nigerians for the match is Mr. Destiny Omoh, Chairman of Nollywood Ghana Chapter, Chief Bayo Asaolu, former Acting President of All Nigerian Community in Ghana who is also the current 2nd Vice President of of the same Association.

Chief Asaolu disclosed that the match is a do or die for the Black Queen as they need outstanding win to qualify to the female World Football fiesta.

It would be recalled that at various occasions, Nigerians in Ghana have always come out to support the national teams.

Ghana will need to beat Nigeria by 2 goals to qualify. The Super Falcon beat their rival by two goals at the first leg in Nigeria.

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ALL GONE RON Barcelona fans demand Koeman is sacked after he plays Pique as STRIKER vs Granada and rules out ‘tiki-taka’ football

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BARCELONA fans are calling for boss and club legend Ronald Koeman to be sacked after playing Gerard Pique as a STRIKER.

 

 

The Spanish club are struggling for goals after allowing star forwards Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann to leave in the summer.

 

 

Barca needed a 90th-minute equaliser against Granada on Monday evening to secure a 1-1 draw and maintain their unbeaten start in LaLiga.

 

 

A late goal from defender Ronald Araujo spared Koeman’s blushes but the manager was still heavily criticised for the team’s woeful performance.

 

 

#KoemanOUT was trending on Twitter throughout Monday evening and many were perplexed as to why Pique was playing up front.

 

 

The Spanish defender was brought on in the 75th minute and did make an impact, controlling the ball in the box for Gavi, 17, to assist the goal.

And Pique has played as a striker before, with Pep Guardiola shoving him up front in Barca’s Champions League defeat to Inter Milan in 2010.

 

 

But fans were still furious with Barca’s display, leaving Koeman to defend his players and their prospects for this season.

 

 

As quoted by the Daily Mail, Koeman said: “If you see the squad list today do you really think we can play tiki-taka?

“Barca right now is not the Barca of eight years ago.

“We play the Barca way but we don’t have the speed in wide areas because we have Coutinho who cuts inside and Demir who doesn’t reach the byline much.

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“When Ansu Fati and [Ousmane] Dembele come back then we will be different but they are not fit so we have to find alternatives.”

 

 

Monday evening’s result leaves Barcelona seventh in LaLiga, five points behind leaders and rivals Real Madrid with a game in hand.

 

It also comes just six days after Koeman’s team were thrashed 3-0 at home by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

 

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Tottenham Boss Nuno Espirito Santo Insists He Wouldn’t Swap ‘Amazing’ Harry Kane For Chelsea Hot Shot Lukaku

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The Spurs boss said: “I don’t even consider that option because it’s something that I don’t think about – for me, it doesn’t make sense. Harry is an amazing player.”

 

Nuno hailed Kane’s ability and attitude after the England captain failed to force through a move to Manchester City this summer.

 

 

He said: “I have been impressed with his quality and talent.

 

 

“I think he still can improve. We are in that process of trying to find the best levels of fitness. But his dedication has been huge.”

 

 

Striker Son Heung-min, defender Eric Dier and midfielder Ryan Sessegnon are all injured and set to miss tomorrow’s home clash with Lukaku’s Chelsea.

 

Attackers Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura are also big doubts after picking up knocks in the 2-2 Europa Conference League draw at Rennes on Thursday.

 

 

But Tottenham could be boosted by the return of Argentina duo Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero, plus Colombia centre-back Davinson Sanchez.

 

 

The trio have been training in Croatia where they have been self-isolating, after travelling to South America on international duty without the club’s permission.

 

 

Nuno said: “They arrive back Saturday and will have a training session in the afternoon. If they are available and fit, they will be in the squad.

 

 

“They are working hard in Croatia with the sports science department. We’ll assess them properly.”

 

 

Nuno is not surprised by how quickly Thomas Tuchel has turned things around at Stamford Bridge.

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The German guided the Blues to Champions League glory in May, just four months after taking over.

 

 

Nuno said: “Chelsea are a very good team and Thomas is doing an amazing job.

 

 

“They have lots of strengths, talented players, they play good football, they are organised and intense.

 

 

“They are European champions so we must value that. But we will compete, that’s a promise.”

 

Tottenham won all three of their opening top-flight fixtures, before the wheels came off in a 3-0 loss at Crystal Palace last week.

 

 

But defender Matt Doherty – who played under Nuno at Wolves – is backing his gaffer to get it right.

 

 

He said: “He is only at the start of his reign, it takes time. You see what he did at Wolves, it takes a few seasons to master it.”

 

 

 

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