Cristiano Ronaldo has officially lost his ‘King of the Manchester United gym’ moniker to a summer signing.
Ronaldo can press up to 250kg with his legs, which helps develop quadriceps and gluteal muscles. That’s been the record at Carrington since Ronaldo returned to United in 2021.
According to the Daily Star, Casemiro has managed to better that by some distance.
The Brazil international is capable of pressing 300kg, 50kg more than Ronaldo can manage. Very impressive.
A source explained: “Ronny takes a lot of pride in his fitness and how muscular his legs are – few get consistently near the amount and weight he can load up.
“He’s not one for bench pressing, Ronny is a legs man, but it seems he may have met his match with Casemiro – he’s not the biggest guy in the world but he’s as strong as an ox and can push 300kg with his eyes shut.”
Casemiro joined United from Real Madrid in the summer in a £60 million transfer. He’s started the Red Devils’ last five Premier League games, scoring his first for the club in a 1-1 draw with Chelsea earlier this month.
Ronaldo and Casemiro ahead of a Manchester United game. (Image Credit: Alamy)The 30-year-old regularly tested himself against Real teammates during his nine-year spell in the Spanish capital.
United are up to fifth in the Premier League table after a 1-0 victory over West Ham United on Sunday afternoon.
Ronaldo and Casemiro played the full 90 minutes to extend United’s unbeaten run in all competitions to eight games.
Post-match, United manager Erik ten Hag paid tribute to Casemiro, likening him to ‘cement’ that sticks the whole team together.
Casemiro challenging Hammers midfielder Flynn Downes. (Image Credit: Alamy)’I call him the cement in the midfield,” he said in his press conference.
”I think in and out of possession, he makes such a difference and he gives the team [an] extra edge and helps them dominate.
”I say in and out of possession because he can dominate games and he gives the team [that] extra edge to help dominate in the game.”