Cristiano Ronaldo used to strap weights to his ankles to improve his step-over technique

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Former Manchester United midfielder Quinton Fortune revealed how Ronaldo was incredibly competitive from the moment he arrived at Old Trafford in 2003

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo used to tie weights to his ankles to help improve his step-over technique, according to an old teammate.

Former Manchester United midfielder Quinton Fortune revealed how Ronaldo was incredibly competitive from the moment he arrived at Old Trafford in 2003, and always wanted to be the best at everything.

“Cristiano was skinny and needed to work on his physique when he came to England,” Fortune told Yahoo. “In training he wanted to have fun and embarrass his teammates by going past them again and again. We’d never seen anything like the kid.

“He was obsessed with step overs and showing his skills. Not tricks, skills. We didn’t tell him that he was wrong just because he was different; we could see that he was hugely talented.

“He wanted to do everything better than ever other player, to learn do tricks all the time. He was always the best at step overs, but he started doing them with weights strapped to his ankles so that it would be easier in a real game.

“He would practice a trick slowly by himself. Then he’d try it in training games. Finally, he’d do it in a real game. If he saw someone do a new trick he would ask them how they did it. Then he’d teach himself until he was the best.”

Fortune also revealed how Ronaldo received preferential treatment from then-United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

He said: “Sir Alex Ferguson protected him, and having a compatriot in Carlos Queiroz was good for him. I’ve been in a dressing room when Sir Alex hammered the entire team…except Cristiano.”

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