Cristiano Ronaldo would’ve gone into combat sports if his football career hadn’t worked out

Christiano Ronaldo is in the middle of some drama with Manchester United but amidst all that he found the time to answer some interesting questions.

The longtime footballer revealed he would’ve gone into combat sports if his current career hadn’t worked out.

Christiano Ronaldo aka CR7 is undoubtedly one of the best football players in the world. One thing that differentiates him from other legends is his ability to still play very well in any team and at several positions.

The Portugal national team doesn’t have many prominent footballers, but they have won many games. The 37-year-old fits almost any team and holds an immense amount of records.

However, not many people know that Christiano Ronaldo had a moment during which he contemplated switching his career to be a professional boxer. The Portuguese star shared his story during his appearance on an episode of DAZN’s Parallel World docuseries. He sat down with former multiple-time boxing world champion Gennady Golovkin.

The two interviewed each other and on one occasion, Ronaldo recalled how he almost gave up playing football. He told Golovkin that he loves football so much, but there were times when he was down and thought he couldn’t continue.

“From the beginning, I only thought about soccer, soccer… but there was a moment when Sporting was so hard that I thought I would have preferred another sport, like boxing.” Ronaldo said.

He added,

“I don’t think I could have been a boxer, it’s hard. You have to be born for that, with that gift. 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 both my hands.”

Christiano Ronaldo also revealed that he can play table tennis. He is confident in his skill and even invited to a professional team.

“Do you know ping-pong? I was very good. I was invited to join a professional team. I said, ‘No, I just want to concentrate’. But I was good at it because in Madeira there is a great ping-pong culture.”