Although the Portuguese forward has played the majority of his club football as a right winger, he has also played as a centre-forward in the past. In these roles, he has mostly been responsible for beating the defenders on the wing and feeding RVN. Despite his immense pace and trickery, this is only a quick glance at Ronaldo’s versatility. In this article, we take a look at some of the most important factors influencing his position in the game.
Ronaldo played mainly from the left wing
While he had a reputation for being an orthodox striker on the teamsheet, Ronaldo actually played mainly from the left wing, and his most effective roles came in this position. When an opposing team was attacking from the opposite flank, Ronaldo took on the role of a deadly number nine and used his outstanding movement to get on the end of crosses and long shots. His desire to leave Juventus in the summer of 2021 forced Manchester United to snap up the winger.
Despite his reputation as a playmaker, Cristiano Ronaldo has switched focus to other areas of the field in recent years. His first season with Real Madrid saw him score 33 goals and provide 11 assists in 35 appearances. The following seasons, Ronaldo compiled more goals with only eight assists. In fact, he was the only European male player to score more goals than any other player. However, his assist production has significantly decreased in the past two seasons as he has focused on scoring goals more.
Although he dominated the game from the left wing, he shifted to the right when his teammates opted to play more wide. His versatility allowed him to create space for himself by dribbling into the opposition’s penalty box. In the process, Ronaldo was able to score several goals. However, he was limited by injuries, and his future at Real Madrid is uncertain. Despite these problems, he still won’t be able to play regularly, limiting his impact on the team’s performance.
Because of the physical and mental stress of playing in the Premier League, Ronaldo spent the summer bulking up to increase his physical fitness. As a result, he returned to the Premier League in a much different form. He now used the ferocity of the crowd as fuel for his game, and his goal returns as a result. His style of play has changed as well, moving from being a devastating runner from deep to a deadly penalty box striker who rely more on other players to provide the final touch.
While Ronaldo’s goal totals have improved, he is not enough to bring the team glory. The club is far from the top three and has plenty of work to do. Cristiano must play mainly from the left wing to make his team stronger. The Premier League is a tough league to break into, and Ronaldo isn’t the answer. So, what are the alternatives to Ronaldo?
Ronaldo’s main role is to beat defenders on the wing and feed RVN
Last season, Rafa Benitez thought that Cristiano Ronaldo would be the main striker for Real Madrid, but the Portuguese star has gradually drifted to the wing. In pre-season, Ronaldo began playing out on the left wing, where he would feed RVN with crosses. However, he struggled to make an impact against defenders on the wing.
While playing in the middle of the field for Manchester United, Ronaldo had been seen as an orthodox striker. His role was to operate in the left wing, usually from the left side, but he often assumed a deadly number nine role when the opposition attacked down the other flank. His outstanding movement allowed him to get on the end of crosses into the box. His desire to leave Juventus led to Manchester United swooping for him.
During the summer of 2006, Ronaldo spent a significant amount of time in training to gain weight and become a completely different player. He became a shrewd player and took the vitriol from the crowd to feed himself. His dribbling, which had tended to decline with age, improved dramatically on his final seasons for Real.
While the left wing is still the preferred position for RVN, he is still effective at cutting inside and shooting with his right foot. The strength of Real Madrid’s midfield makes it easier for Ronaldo to cut inside and make crosses for teammates. This new position is also a good option for Solskjaer, as Ronaldo can play both sides of the pitch with ease.
The attacking talent in Cristiano Ronaldo cannot be denied. He has one of the best work ethic of any football player. In the past, he has prioritized team over individual goals. At Manchester United, he shared the goal scoring load with his teammates, and he was crucial in creating chances, delivering assists, and providing the final ball. In Real Madrid, his focus is on the end product and he has become an efficient, effective player.
Ronaldo’s endurance and power
You might wonder what he eats to maintain his incredible power and endurance levels. It turns out that Cristiano Ronaldo consumes a high-protein diet and has six meals a day. He also eats one small meal every three to four hours. His diet is packed with fish, steak, and salads, and he avoids sugar, processed foods, and alcohol. Read on to find out more about what Ronaldo eats.
According to a FIFA study, Cristiano Ronaldo averages 33.6 kilometers per hour (32 mph) during games. This is far more than Usain Bolt can achieve on a straight track, without the use of spikes. As a result, Ronaldo’s body fat percentage is low, but his intensity level is much higher. He performs over six miles of cardio-heavy exercises per game.
Cristiano Ronaldo has also been working with a sleep consultant, Nick Littlehales, to improve his overall endurance and power. He recommends his clients to take five naps a day and avoid using electonic devices late at night. He has even taken the time to turn off his iPad and mobile phone before going to bed. Littlehales told the Independent that Ronaldo tries to get a good night’s sleep, but does not let himself stay up late at night.
In order to increase his speed, Ronaldo uses interval training. In interval training, he combines intervals of higher speed with periods of recovery. When taking free kicks, he wraps his foot around the ball with a variable trajectory, reaching up to nine feet. This is not a small feat for an elite soccer player. But it is not impossible to emulate Cristiano’s power and endurance levels. With the proper training, you can achieve the same feat.
A proper warm-up is the key to ensuring that you reach peak physical condition. It’s crucial to keep the muscles warm before you begin any type of physical activity. In addition to cardio warm-up exercises, you should also include strength training. This will increase your strength and endurance, and decrease the risk of injury. Performing these workouts before the game is a great way to ensure you get the most out of your workouts.
Ronaldo’s adaptability to a new position
As Real Madrid’s striker in the 2010-11 season, Ronaldo dominated the attacking third, leading the team in shots and dribbles. He played across the attacking front and finished the season with 33 goals, 26 of which came in La Liga. When Pellegrini was replaced by Jose Mourinho, Ronaldo was repositioned as a left-sided wide forward. His adaptability to a new position improved his shooting and his chances, while his scoring increased as well.
While playing as a winger was his natural position, he was also comfortable in the center, where he can get more ball. The lack of an elite number nine made him perfect for Manchester United. Although Ronaldo has always been a strong centre forward, he is also comfortable attacking from the left and fits Ole’s vision of a fluid front three. Although his versatility will not guarantee him a starting role, he will provide a boost to the team’s attacking capabilities.
While he may be able to adapt to a new position in a new team, there is a significant gap between the two. Ronaldo’s adaptability to a new position will not be sufficient to succeed in the Barcelona attack, where Neymar, Mbappe, and Cavani are attacking heavy. As a result, he is not expected to adapt as well to a new system. Despite this, his versatility has made him an essential part of Juventus’ attacking style and helped the club win titles on a regular basis.
The Portuguese striker has made a habit of adapting to his new role and has made the move to a central position in recent seasons. However, he has never seemed to lose focus on the game. Gianluca Vialli, who once coached him at Real, says that he is an excellent example of adaptability, and he is the favourite to win the FIFA The Best award in London.
Juventus’ recent struggles to adapt to a new manager also pose a potential obstacle for the Portuguese striker. During the 2010-11 season, Ronaldo’s numbers fell under Zidane and the Juventus team under Sarri. Real Madrid’s style of play was very different than Juventus’. Maurizio Sarri, who is a more attacking manager, has tried to adapt to Ronaldo’s new role.