MERCURIAL MINDED: CRISTIANO RONALDO
FAST BODY. FAST MIND.
For Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo, being a Mercurial player means being fast in every aspect of soccer. “Speed is one of the most important parts in a game,” he says. “Not just to run fast but to think fast.” His ability to react quickly to game situations has allowed him to turn the tiniest opportunities into brilliant game-ending moments. “You have to be focused all the time on the pitch because these great moments can happen in the first minute or in the last minute.”
DIG-IN AND GO
Thinking fast is one thing, but for Cristiano it comes down to being quick with the ball. Watch a few seconds of his highlights and you’ll see how devastating that speed is to defenders. Whether he’s executing stepovers at full sprint or turning on a dime with a heel chop, even if his opponents’ eyes can keep up, their feet won’t.
TITLES ON TITLES
As Cristiano prepares to enter the knockout phase of Europe’s biggest club championship, speed will be his greatest asset on the pitch. And with a sixth league title on the line, one thing is certain: Cristiano Ronaldo will continue to define game-ending soccer.