Manchester City forward Ferran Torres is currently sidelined with an injury.
He has been discussing Cristiano Ronaldo’s impact on nutrition within the sport and how he has taken note in order to improve himself as a player.
“(He) is my point of reference,” Torres said, as per Manchester Evening News (citing Movistar’s Universo Valdano). “He has changed football in terms of nutrition, taking care of yourself, investing in your body.
“This is a long-term process in which what you do today has repercussions for tomorrow. Football is more physical, and you have to be prepared.
“You have to play and have a team behind you that takes care of you. There are a lot of games and trips that can weigh you down. I like them to be on top of me to deliver.
“I have a personal trainer, then my physio as well. They are in contact with the club, and they are a supplement for me. They are in full contact with me every day at all times.”
Torres joined City from Valencia last August as a winger but this season he has played as a false-nine, after Pep Guardiola failed to sign a striker in the summer following Sergio Aguero’s exit.
If you think young players across the Premier League are looking up at Ronaldo, you wouldn’t be wrong, but it shows how lucky the likes of Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood are to be in a position where they see him train every week.
Even Anthony Elanga, who is on the first team fringes, will be doing all he can to learn from the best.
Ronaldo was in action last night for Portugal but they were held to a scoreless draw against Ireland in Dublin. The Manchester United star was pictured giving his match shirt to a young pitch invader.
He wasn’t able to get on the scoresheet but still showed his class.