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Name: Cristiano Ronaldo dos santos Aveiro

D.O.B: 5th February 1985


Place of Birth: Madeira, Portugal Height: 184cm (61) Weight: 78kg Position: Left/Right winger Current Club: Manchester United Previous club: Sporting CP (1999-2003)

Cristiano is a Mesomorph! He is quite tall whilst also extremely well built. He has very big muscular legs consisting of his calves which are very defined and help him to spring for headers. His upper legs, his thighs and hamstrings are also very defined and are a major factor for why he is so fast as he has many fast twitch fibres. His upper body is toned and his abdominals are easily seen. His back is also well defined and you can see all his muscles defined separately. He has very round shoulders and a thick muscular neck

Cristiano is a very talented young player who can change the game in an instant. He leaves defenders in his wake using his array of skills to glide past them, such as: Dribbling- Cristiano has great close control and his feet are lightning fast and he also maintains a great speed when running with the ball. His agility also helps him with his running as he can change his angle of attack quickly, often leaving the defender off-balance. Control- His control is fantastic with both feet. He can bring down a long ball with one touch ready to launch a missile of a shot on the goal. He also has a great first touch when passing first time as he can cleverly play round the corner. Ronaldo often takes a large first touch to get the ball out of his feet allowing him to use his pace to get past defenders.

Jumping- Ronaldo possesses an extraordinary leap, he can climb above many defenders to head the ball goal wards. A major reason for his huge spring is his big thick strong legs and his arms also give him a lot of upward thrust

Shooting- Ronaldo possesses one of the hardest shots in the premiership, he can shoot from a huge distance and still challenge the goalkeeper. This is partly down to his ball striking technique which he has designed to create the largest amount of movement on the football making it impossible for the keeper to judge the flight of the ball.

Agility- Cristianos running ability is crucial to the way he plays the game. His all out attacking style is

easily recognised and his ability to change direction whilst maintaining full speed allows his to twist and turn defenders inside out. It also gives him great balance on the ball as he can move it and break into a sprint in no time at all.

Awareness- Ronaldo has an exceptional awareness of what is around him. His ability to see what is

around him early allows him to decide on the best pass to make or whether or not to dribble. It gives him a picture of what is around him and he automatically knows what he is going to do. This is also an advantage to him when attacking as the defenders can not get close enough to him to stop him as he has already made his move and gone past them.

Crossing- Ronaldo has an ability to wrap his foot around the ball producing a perfect shape on his crossing. The technique he uses gives the ball the shape it needs for an attacker to run onto the ball and score. He also haws the ability to produce a driven cross which is useful when playing the ball across the box for a team-mate to get a tap in.

Crossing- Ronaldo has an ability to wrap his foot around the ball producing a perfect shape on his crossing. The technique he uses gives the ball the shape it needs for an attacker to run onto the ball and score. He also haws the ability to produce a driven cross which is useful when playing the ball across the box for a team-mate to get a tap in.

Speed Strength Balance

Flexibility

Cardio-Vascular Endurance
Components of Fitness

Agility
Muscular Endurance

Reaction time

Co-Ordination

Timing

Weight Training- Cristiano would use

weight training as a means to increase body mass and also strength. This would also increase his power and if developed correctly his speed. He could also use smaller weights and more reps or sets to improve his muscular endurance. An increase in strength will allow him to be stronger on the ball and not be knocked off it as easily. His improved strength will also benefit him in fifty-fifty challenges.

Continuous Training- Continuous training

would help to improve ronaldos cardiovascular fitness, increasing his VO2 max and his stroke volume and cardiac output. Using this training frequently would see a derease in resting heart rate also. This will all enable him to perform at a higher level for a longer period of time without the onset of fatigue.

Interval Training- Interval training can


be used to imprve speed over short distances. Ronaldo could improve his speed over 10 or 20 metres using this method of training which is a crucial thing being a wide player as he needs to be able to create a yard for a cross in tight spaces. He also needs to have the pace to respond to loose balls so that possession is regained.

Circuit Training- Circuit training can be adapted


to work on any specific body parts, muscles or muscle groups. It is commonly used however as a full body workout. This will improve all aspects of ronaldos fitness as it involves aerobic and anaerobic exercise.

Fartlek Training- Fartlek training

works on cardiovascular endurance and muscular endurance. By changing the intensity of the activity this training is very similar to gameplay in a football match as you are not always travelling at the same speed it changes depending on where the ball is and how the game is going etc.

There are no positive effects of smoking on the athlete and their performance

Smaller lung capacity

Less Oxygen can be taken in

RHR

less efficient circulatory and respiratory systems becomes tired more easily Tar deposits in lungs less oxygen in the blood breathing rate increases earlier in activity

shorter, quicker breaths

Higher blood pressure

red wine is believed to help protect the heart. Scientists have tested and believe that it interferes with the production of a chemical which blocks veins and arteries and increases the chances of a heart attack

Is a diuretic drug

Dehydration

increase in heart rate become less agile Loss of Balance can lead to an unjustified confidence and misguided assessment of a situation

less Coordinated

slower reactiontime

could lead performers to believe they can work beyond their safe limits