I prefer to watch boxing, UFC instead of football

Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo has said he prefers to watch boxing or UFC instead of football in his spare time.

The 35-year-old is one of the most successful footballers in history, with five Ballon d’Or awards won only by Lionel Messi, while his five-time Champions League title is the biggest player of today. .

– Stream LIVE games and playback on ESPN + (US only)

However, speaking to double world boxing middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin in the documentary “Parallel Worlds” for DAZN, he said he prefers martial arts.

“Playing football is my passion, but I prefer to watch other sports on TV,” Ronaldo said. “Between watching a football game or a boxing match or UFC, I choose boxing or UFC.”

Ronaldo added that his passion for boxing began while playing in England.

“When I was at Manchester United, a coach boxed him with me,” Ronaldo added. “I think that boxing is useful for football, because it sharpens your senses and you learn to move.”

Despite being in the twilight of his career, Ronaldo continued to produce incredible goal campaigns and scored 31 in Serie A last season.

He said he was determined to adapt and not lose the physical attributes that made him one of the greatest footballers of all time – and used similar examples of other sports to explain how it is possible to continue. to perform later in life.

“Last summer we had a discussion with Anthony Joshua,” Ronaldo said. “At the age of 33, you start to think that your legs are working.

“I want to stay in sports, in football. People will look at me and say, ‘Cristiano was an incredible player, but now he’s slow.’ I do not want this.

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

“In sports, you can gain maturity. Look at [Roger] Federer in tennis. He is 37 or 38 years old and is still at the top, and there are some in boxing. “