Today’s modern footballers are a healthy bunch

Today’s modern footballers are a healthy bunch

Dec 20

Just recently, the death of one of Manchester United’s favorite and greatest sons was commemorated. As a professional football player, he managed to extend his career to well into his thirties and like most pre-retirement soccer players today, spent some time plying his trade in the then North American equivalent of today’s Major League Soccer.

Where longevity is concerned, perhaps only the great Sir Bobby Charlton and the Welsh winger, Ryan Giggs, have outpaced and outfoxed the first global soccer superstar from the halcyon years of the sixties. Speaking of foxes, have you noticed that Leicester City is surprisingly leading the English Premier League by two points (at the time of writing this post)?

The Foxes might win this season’s championship

According to former Manchester United boss, the great Sir Alex Ferguson, these Foxes stand a chance to win the championship this season. But, this is provided they are able to stock up on new players during the mid-season transfer window. Their run of games over this period, Ferguson says, is rather tough for a limited squad.

As a cross-fit trainer myself, I’d like to put my mouth where my weights are by suggesting that one of the reasons why Leicester City have done so well so far is because the squad they have at the moment is rather healthy and fit. This is in great contrast to faltering champions, Chelsea, and the two Manchester teams, City and United.

As a football legend, George Best’s lifestyle off the pitch contributed heavily to his premature death, mainly due to a long battle with alcoholism. Off the pitch, he didn’t have any interest in constructive hobbies such as the one’s suggested by Wood Lathe Report.

These giants did the number seven justice

Rather than apply his mind to healthy activities such as vegetable gardening, wood working and even caring for animals, George Best partied and drank his way through life. Like most other players during Best’s era, George (who made many girls cry) was a heavy smoker. Not today’s professional players; because of the high tempo of the modern game, they have to take extremely good care of themselves. Even while doing so, they still get injured a lot too these days, don’t they?

Now, like Best, this young man is a foot-balling genius. Because of his obvious gifts and potential to become one of the all-time great Manchester United players, Sir Alex Ferguson presented Cristiano Ronaldo with the hallowed number seven jersey that Best once wore. Of course, Ronaldo, now playing for Real Madrid, did the jersey justice.

Ronaldo leads the way

These days, when you look at Ronaldo’s pop image off the pitch, you’d be forgiven for thinking that he was an off-field player like Best was. But he’s not.

As someone who truly looks after himself both on and off the pitch, Cristiano Ronaldo leads the way where today’s modern footballers are concerned. Is it any wonder then, that he is the current FIFA World Player of the Year?