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A young kid called Ronaldo turned up one day. He looked at all the different players. He looked at the amount of time and effort that Giggsy was putting into it and thought, to be better than him, guess what I have got to do? I will work cleverer.
So for the five and a half years that I worked with Cristiano, he just succeeded above everybody else in the time, the amount of training he was prepared to do, the amount of looking after himself with his diet, his sleep and all the rest of it.
He put the whole plan into action, he had a pathway to greatness and he followed it. That’s the difference. He decided he was going to work harder than everybody else. But working hard isn’t always about pushing weights or doing sprints or stepovers, it’s about doing the whole thing together.
How many times in his early days did you see him fall over? How many times does he do it now? None, because he has strengthened everything up. All these things came together to create his body.
You have got to remember that he was trying new things all the time. He spent at least 40 minutes a day on his own, practising his own things, his own techniques.
The reason he did that is because there was no pressure. So he works on all these different skills, then he has got to try and do it under pressure. He takes it into training and he tries things, probably makes loads of mistakes. But when he has a certain degree of proficiency in this new trick, then he goes onto the pitch.
Against lower teams in his early days he was incredible. He was perfecting them against the lower teams. Against the top players in the world it was bloody difficult. It was right towards the end when he perfected everything, he was brilliant.
Creating skills like that and a body like that takes time. And everybody wants it now. But Cristiano knew not to be put off if people moaned. He weren’t bothered. Most players would have stopped doing what he was doing.
Mick Clegg, Manchester United fitness coach 2000 to 2011