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The Champions League is arguably the most sought after prize in European football. Winning it is an accomplishment like no other. In the final of 2008, Manchester United beat Chelsea in dramatic fashion when the tie went to penalties.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s 26th minute goal was canceled out by Lampard and the tie was forced to extra-time. With nothing splitting the two teams the final went down to spot kicks. And, as most football fans know, United won after John Terry’s infamous slip.
Ronaldo’s cousin has revealed the measures that Ronaldo went to in his pursuit of perfection by revealing the forward returned to England and went straight to the gym after winning the Champions League.
“I lived with Cristiano in Manchester for five years, an unforgettable experience”, Nuno Viveiros told Tuttosport. “The night when the team won the Champions League in 2008. Do you remember the final of Moscow with Chelsea that ended on penalties. Terry slides into the right post of the goal and at the end Van der Sar saves Anelka’s shot”.
“Do you know what Cristiano did when we got back to Manchester that night? He went to train. He went to train after becoming a champion. European Champion at the age of twenty-three, he is like that, he’s a real son of Madeira”, he revealed.
Ice baths at 3am
According to his former teammate Phil Neville, who called him the “hardest worked” he’s seen, Ronaldo would go back to the club’s training base after a European game and have an ice bath at 3am to speed up his recovery.
“He (Ronaldo) used to play European games, Champions League games, then go back to the training ground and have an ice bath at 3 in the morning. And that’s why Roy Keane, Paul Scholes, (David) Beckham and (Ruud) Van Nistelrooy have the utmost respect for him”, Neville said on BBC 5 Live.