You only have to look at Cristiano Ronaldo to see the value of hard work.
The Portuguese superstar was blessed with natural talent but as a teenager at Sporting CP in the early 2000s he was considered a slightly less promising prospect than Ricardo Quaresma.
Fast forward to 2017 and Ronaldo has to buy enough polish to keep four Ballon d’Or awards shiny.
Not a problem for Quaresma has to contend with.
Ronaldo is well-known for his superhuman drive to improve and his impressive record is the product of years of intense training and self-motivation.
It’s no wonder then that the next generation have been inspired by Ronaldo’s success.
A picture has spread across the internet that is said to show Martin Odegaard’s training regime from when he was 13-years-old.
The Norwegian wonderkid signed for Real Madrid from Stromsgodset as a 16-year-old in 2015 and became as household name overnight.
While many thought Odegaard had won the jackpot but if this schedule is anything to go by, he had been working his socks off for years at that point…
It’s not that clear so here’s a different layout…
MONDAY: 2 hours of independent training, 90 minutes with his club
TUESDAY: 2 hours of independent training, 45 minutes in the gym, 90 minutes with his club
WEDNESDAY: 90 minutes of matches with his club
THURSDAY: 1 hour independent training, 2 hours with his club
FRIDAY: 2 hours of independent training, 45 minutes in the gym, 90 minutes with his club
SATURDAY: 2 hours of independent training, 2 hours with his club
SUNDAY: 2 hours of independent training, unspecified time with club
That adds up to a minimum of 22 and a half hours of training/playing a week.
Odegaard is currently on loan at Heerenveen.
The 18-year-old has impressed in the Eredivisie with many in the Netherlands praising his creativity and influence.
Zinedine Zidane remains an admirer of Odegaard’s talents and is reportedly looking forward to having him back in his squad for the start of next season.
Hard work pays off.
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