5 ultimate sportsman body transformations
CR7 hasn't always been an athletic Adonis. When he first set foot in England he was a buck-toothed lamb to the slaughter at the hands of grizzled Premier League hardmen. His fleet-footed antics made him a fans' favourite and an immediate target for crunching tackles from those less talented. But since those days as a tricky winger with a propensity for the over dramatic, Ronaldo has crafted a physique that means he has no problem rolling with the tackles and out-muscling centre halves to head home goals in spectacular style. Sure, the greasy hair and predilection for wearing waistcoats with white trainers could do with some work, but there's no denying the physique Ronaldo's built has powered his game to new heights. It's helped him score a couple of stunning girlfriends too, we're sure.
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To fight across eight weight divisions you're going to have to bulk up in spectacular fashion, which is exactly what the Pac-Man has managed. Since starting out as a professional in the flyweight category (that's a measley 50kg to you and us) he's been punching above his weight ever since. The fact he is now fighting at a weight nearly 20kg heavier is made all the more impressive in the knowledge that every extra inch to his shoulders and biceps is pure muscle. No wonder no opponent can handle the power in his punches. Now in the twilight of his career and looking to a career change back home in the Philippines, we're not going to bet against him becoming a political heavyweight in his own right.
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It seems like a lifetime ago that this shaggy-haired Scot burst on the scene to replace Tiger Tim as Britain's number 1. But the man now trading baseline rallies with the best in the business looks remarkably different to that lanky teen with a fiery temper. When taking on the brawn of Nadal (OK, so that's only in one arm, we know), or trying to outlast the endurance of theworld's fittest athlete, Novak Djokovic, Murray needs a physique to help him ace the competition. Where once he relied on innate talent and all-out aggression, he has now paired it with the arms, core strength and leg power to make him a major contender for every Grand Slam on the calendar. Cutting his hair isn't part of the body transformation exactly, but it still gets a round of applause from us.
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You don't get to knock over high-pressure penalties from further than 50m when powered by a skinny pair of pins. But forget the dead-eye goal-kicking for which he has become famous and appreciate the fact he has found the strength to compete physically with lock-forwards a full foot taller than him. The upper body he has built guarantees Wales access to the gain line, while the explosive power in his legs propels him to new heights under the high ball. He's even made himself big enough to stop anything as Wales' last line of defence. When he gets his head on the right side of the tackle, that is.
There's a lot to be said for a spectacular short game, but when you're competing with the natural whip of a Bubba Watson drive, you're going to need to play catch up in the gym. Having the power to push your ball further down the fairway has gone from a nice bonus to a necessity in the modern game. And so that's exactly what Rory's done. In the much the same vein as Murray, he's done away with the dodgy barnet and hit the gym to fill out his shirt sleeves with the grip-it-and-rip-it power to put his long game in the driving seat. Golf isn't associated with athletes (remember John Daly, anyone?) but McIlroy is pioneering a new breed of golfers raising the bar in the gym to hit below par on the course.
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