Anthony Joshua will soon be 32. The Englishman who is at the top of his game, has an important assignment coming up in the form of Oleksandr Usyk. Having several sports stars as his inspiration, Portugal and Manchester United ace Cristiano Ronaldo is someone who is at the top of AJ’s list.
The star man recently made his move to Manchester United, a return to the club after 12 long years. Speaking about the same in an interview with Mirror, Joshua appreciated Ronaldo moving to a league like the English Premier League at the age of 36 – a number considered too old for the toughness and perils of English football.
Anthony Joshua then went on to speak about himself being at the top of his game when he reaches Ronaldo’s current age. Although he claimed that chasing the “Cristiano Ronaldo dream” would be a tough ask, he did say that anything might be in store for him.
“I really respect his decision to come to United” – Anthony Joshua on Cristiano Ronaldo
Joshua was quoted as saying, “I really respect his decision to come to United. The league he is about to get involved in is tough, they play all winter, they play on Boxing Day, the weather here isn’t the best, they’re playing Tuesdays and Saturdays. But he’s throwing himself in in the deep end. What it shows is the dedication, discipline and love he has for his sport and he wants to challenge himself at the highest level.
AJ then joked about Ronaldo staying at the top of his game in Football, and not in Boxing: “He is only kicking a football isn’t he? Tell him to come down to the gym at the English Institute of Sport and do 12 rounds of sparring, see how long he lasts. All that money, he’ll be sitting on his yacht thinking, ‘**** this’. What a man Ronaldo is. But do you know what it is in life? We look at Cristiano Ronaldo and we always compare ourselves to the ‘one in a billion’.
About staying at the top of his game, Joshua said, “He’s one in a billion and we always tend to compare ourselves to that guy and it’s like, ‘If I don’t go on till I’m 36…’. Even though he has proved it and it gives us that sense of motivation and aspiration, I have to find out who I am. I can’t chase the Cristiano Ronaldo dream. So what will be for me will be. 36. 40. Who knows?” [via Mirror]
Although there are claims of Ronaldo slowing down, he has still been breaking records year after year. He won the Golden Boot during the 2020-21 Serie A season, recently broke the record for the most international goals. He might not be the old ‘Old Trafford’ monster, ‘The Sultan of Stepover’, he was during the late 2000s and early 2010s, but he has altered his game style and still remains a goal-scoring machine.