Cristiano Ronaldo says he prefers to watch boxing or UFC over football

When Ronnie met Gennady! Cristiano Ronaldo admits he prefers to watch boxing or UFC over football and tells Golovkin about crying to show his emotions, and taking tips off Anthony Joshua and Roger Federer

  • Cristiano Ronaldo prefers to watch boxing or UFC over 90 minutes of football
  • The Juventus ace sat down with Gennady Golovkin for a DAZN documentary
  • Ronaldo said he would never be able to step into the ring but is a huge fan 
  • He also spoke about taking tips from Roger Federer on how to prolong his career 

Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed that although he is one of the sport’s greatest of all time, he would rather sit down and watch a boxing or UFC fight than 90 minutes of football.

The Portuguese star is a huge of fan of boxing and MMA and has been pictured on his Instagram account with the likes of Floyd Mayweather, Anthony Joshua and Conor McGregor.

Ronaldo, who was named in France Football’s Ballon d’Or ‘Dream Team’ on Monday night, sat down to chat with Kazakh boxing star Gennady Golovkin for a new documentary on DAZN.

Cristiano Ronaldo sat down to chat with Gennady Golovkin for a new documentary on DAZN

Ronaldo, pictured with Anthony Joshua in January 2019, revealed he prefers to watch boxing or UFC to football

They also discussed Ronaldo’s desire to prolong his football career in a similar way to tennis veteran Roger Federer and why he is not afraid to cry and show his emotions in public.

But perhaps the most surprising revelation is that the former Manchester United star would rather watch boxing and UFC to football. However, he did admit that he has no interest in ever getting into the ring or Octagon.

‘Playing football is my passion, but I prefer watching other sports on TV,’ the Portugal star said.

‘Between watching a football match or a boxing or UFC fight, I choose boxing or UFC.

‘I don’t think I could have been a boxer, it’s tough. You have to be born for that, with that gift.

‘I think I was born to be a professional footballer, I thought I had that gift from the beginning, and I said to myself: “I’m going to grab this opportunity with my hands”. 

Ronaldo, pictured with Conor McGregor in July 2016, admitted he would never be able to step into the ring or Octagon though

Ronaldo is a huge fan of combat sports and can be seen with boxing star Floyd Mayweather in Saudi Arabia in January 2019

‘When I was at Manchester United, a coach boxed with me. I think practicing boxing is useful for football because it sharpens your senses and you learn to move.’ 

Speaking about the differences between the two sports, Ronaldo continued: ‘Boxing is a little more difficult because you are alone when you compete.

‘You work in the gym, you have your team, but they then they don’t play with you, they just train with you.

‘In our case it’s different, it’s more fun because we train, we laugh, it’s a different kind of sacrifice.’ 

Ronaldo also sat down and spent time with UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov in February 2018

Ronaldo, who has 10 Serie A goals in seven appearances this term and 14 across all competitions, is still performing at the highest level at the age of 35 and shows no sign of slowing down.

He says he wants to go on for as long as possible and, as he told Joshua when they met last year, he looks to the example of tennis star Federer for how to prolong his playing days.

‘Last summer, I had a chat with [British heavyweight champion] Anthony Joshua,’ he added.

‘At 33 you start to think your legs are going. I want to stay in sport, in football.

‘People will look at me and say: “Cristiano was an incredible player but now he’s slow”. I don’t want that.

Ronaldo explained he has no desire to retire yet and looked to tennis star Roger Federer, 39, for tips on how best to prolong his career

Ronaldo also discussed the struggle he faced when leaving his home in Madeira to move to Lisbon after signing for Sporting as a youngster.

‘I was born on the island of Madeira and at age 11 Sporting went to talk to my parents.

‘They told them they were interested in me, but that I had I have to move to Lisbon. 

‘Leaving my family is the most difficult thing I have ever done in my life, when I had to move to Lisbon.

‘I went away and cried every day because I missed them. My hardest moments have been when I moved to Lisbon and when I lost my father.’

Ronaldo said leaving Madeira to move to Lisbon after signing for Sporting and losing his father were the two ‘hardest moments’ of his life

The Portuguese forward was named in France Football’s Ballon d’Or ‘Dream Team’ on Monday

‘You can change a lot about your body, but the problem isn’t that. It’s depends on your mindset, your motivation and your experience, which I think is the most complex thing.

‘In sport, you can gain maturity. Look at [Roger] Federer in tennis; he’s 37 or 38 years old and he’s still at his peak, and there are some in boxing too.’

As the conversation continued Ronaldo, who has won the Ballon d’Or five times in his career, also admitted that he is not afraid to cry in public and stressed the importance of showing his emotions.

‘I think it’s good to have emotions, I don’t hide who I am,’ he added. ‘People say that men don’t cry, but why not? Who said that men don’t cry? We all have feelings and emotions and we have to express them.’

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