Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed that being labelled 'too skinny' in his childhood motivated him to develop the physical perfection that he has today.
The Portugal international came to prominence with his appearance for English club Manchester United as a winger. He was then a slender looking teenage player who then put on more and more muscles with extra hours in the gym.
He, then, moved to Real Madrid in 2009 after sculpturing his physique to near-perfection.
"You have to work so hard," the forward stated in a promotional video.
"I do this every day. This is why I have been at the top level for many, many years.
"It's not a coincidence. I do so much extra work outside of the pitch.
"When I was younger most people told me: 'Cristiano, you are a very talented player but you are too skinny.'
"So I put it in my mind that my body can improve. With dedication and hard work in the gym I improved a lot on that - at the end of the day it's down to the person's mindset.
"Athleticism also means a huge amount - these small details make a huge difference. So it's very important to do this work and it's going really well for me.
"That's why I'm always in good shape all year round. I do that kind of work because I have to, it's part of me."
Ronaldo scored a personal-best 61 goals in just 54 appearances in all competitions for Madrid last season.
The story originally appeared on goal.com