Cristiano Ronaldo reveals he prefers watching UFC and boxing rather than football as Juventus star trains with Golovkin

CRISTIANO RONALDO has revealed his preference for watching combat sports over football.

While playing his beloved game is his 'passion', the Juventus star prefers to tune into boxing or UFC when sat in his living room.


After a training session with Gennady Golovkin, Ronaldo spoke of his love for combat sports.

He is quoted by Marca as saying: "Playing football is my passion, but I prefer watching other sports on TV.

"Between watching a football match or a boxing or UFC fight, I choose boxing or UFC."

The 35-year-old was speaking to middleweight champion Golovkin in a new DAZN documentary, Parallel Worlds.

In the trailer, the Kazakhstani asked Ronaldo if he could be a boxer.

The Portuguese superstar chuckled and replied: "'I don't think so."

He later told GGG: "When you shoot the ball it's like when you make a punch; the technique, the power."

Golovkin, 38, took Ronaldo through a number of drills and shared a conversation on the mental aspects behind their sports.

And the winger described the 'maturity' required by veteran stars across multiple sports to stay at the top of their game.

Ronaldo stated: "When I was at Manchester United, a coach boxed with me.

"I think practicing boxing is useful for football because it sharpens your senses and you learn to move."

He added: "Last summer, I had a chat with Anthony Joshua.

People will look at me and say, 'Cristiano was an incredible player but now he's slow'. I don't want that.

"At 33 you start to think your legs are going. I want to stay in sport, in football.

"People will look at me and say, 'Cristiano was an incredible player but now he's slow'. I don't want that.

"You can change a lot about your body, but the problem isn't that. It's depends on your mindset, your motivation and your experience, which I think is the most complex thing.

"In sport, you can gain maturity. Look at [Roger] Federer in tennis. He's 37 or 38 years old and he's still at his peak, and there are some in boxing too."

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