""[Ronaldo] is very professional, very serious; he fights. He is a leader who does not talk much but who is very important," Ancelotti said. These were not empty words. His assistant coach Paul Clement once admitted that during a training session soon after they had arrived in Madrid, he and Ancelotti looked at each other open-mouthed. "We had done [the same drill] at all three clubs [Chelsea, PSG, Madrid] and ... we couldn't believe the level that they had achieved here," he said.
In Ronaldo's case, it was no coincidence. While others head home and crawl into bed, Ronaldo keeps on working.
"Cristiano is a senior player now and he has had a great upbringing. He really manages himself well -- really well," Clement explains. "There was a game I remember that we got back at 3 in the morning and he went and had an ice bath. Another time, it was 6 in the morning. We had come back from Istanbul and there he is with the physio -- at 6am.""