Manchester United legend Louis Saha has recalled how he tried to copy former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo's training regime – but couldn't keep up.
The Frenchman played with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner at Old Trafford for five years, winning two Premier League titles and a Champions League together.
United’s former No.7 was known for his extreme methods in training, putting weights on his feet to improve his technique.
And Saha, who scored 42 goals in 124 games for the Red Devils, has revealed what happened when he tried to have a go at the forward’s regime.
Speaking to The Athletic, Saha said: “That guy is insane.
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“If the session was at 10am, I would arrive at 9am, do my stuff. He would be there at 8.30am doing his [injury] prevention and all that work, elastic band around his ankles.
“It was all about dribbling, two full pitch-lengths, super-fast.
“I couldn’t keep up. After two or three times back and forth I was out of breath. The guy was so natural but as well as talent, he has an enormous desire to work hard.
“After a session, do that? I am sure he is doing the same today.”
Ronaldo is into his 19th season as a professional player, starting his third campaign with Juventus this month.
It comes as his international team-mate and current United midfielder Bruno Fernandes reveals the high standards the forward still holds himself to.
“For me, and I think for most of the people now, it’s normal," said the midfielder when talking to United Review about the superstar’s international record.
"You see when someone watches the games, if he doesn’t score, for everyone, it is a bad game because, normally, he always scores.
“You wait for a goal from him or for him to do something different. Of course, I’m really happy to have a chance to play alongside him and I hope he can achieve the record he wants, for sure.
“Maybe I can help him to achieve that record with the national team.”
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