Is Cristiano Ronaldo Faster Than Olympic Legend Usain Bolt?

Published 09/22/2021, 4:41 AM EDT
Soccer Football – Champions League – Group F – BSC Young Boys v Manchester United – Stadion Wankdorf, Bern, Switzerland- September 14, 2021 Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Denis Balibouse


Cristiano Ronaldo is an elite athlete, in soccer and sports in general. His exceptional physical condition has allowed the Portuguese to compete at the highest level for over a decade. He’s also meticulous about what he puts in his body, famously putting aside a Coca-Cola bottle during a presser.

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The Manchester United player’s specific diet routine and customized exercise plan has allowed him to maintain his explosive power over the years. Thanks to his dedication and consistency, he is still dominating defenders in the Premier League.

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“For sure” – Usain Bolt answers whether Cristiano Ronaldo is faster than him currently

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Usain Bolt is a legend in athletics. The eight-time Olympic gold medalist still holds world records for the 100 and 200 meters despite retiring in 2017. The Jamaican clocked a world-record time of 9.58 seconds in the 100m at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin; giving him the moniker of the fastest man in the world.

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Manchester United fan Usain Bolt was asked whether Cristiano Ronaldo is faster than him currently. The Jamaican replied affirmatively, “for sure Cristiano [is faster than me].” “For me, he works out every day, he is a super athlete. He is always on top of his game, he works hard and he is focused. Right now I definitely think he would be faster than me.”

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 12: Usain Bolt of Jamaica reacts after competing in the Men’s 4×100 Metres Relay heats during day nine of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017 at The London Stadium on August 12, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images for IAAF)

Ronaldo’s Insane Body Composition

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Ronaldo has only a 7% body fat percentage. Ronaldo has been reported to be under 85 kg in weight, on a strict diet to keep his muscle mass up, and to have 50% of his body weight in muscle. Body fat levels in men typically range from 20% to 25%.

When hearing “more muscle,” it’s natural to think “less agility.” Ronaldo is an outlier to this as the Portuguese is incredibly athletic and agile. He set a new world record during the 2018 World Cup, where he recorded a top speed of 33.6 km/hr in the tournament.

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Suresh Menon

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Suresh Menon is a Football and NFL writer at Essentially Sports. He is currently pursuing BMM from St Xaviers College with his specialization in Advertising. Juventus is his favorite football club and he one day plans to go to Italy and watch a Juve match live.

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