With the current Football World Cup going on in Brazil many of the soccer players are under the spotlight. Of course, the bodybuilding fans usually judge the physique of everyone once the shirt is removed and the popular football/soccer players do not make an exception. What concerns a site like ours is, of course, can you build similar physique without using anabolic steroids? Can you look like Crristiano Ronaldo without using steroids?
The answer is: ‘Yes‘.
Most soccer players are an example of what most people could achieve naturally without anabolic steroids. In the picture below you see the popular football player Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal. His stats are as follows according to the online sources we’ve found:
Height: 6’1″ – 185 cm;
Weight: 183 lbs – 83 kg;
According to our guide for natural bodybuilders Cristiano Ronaldo is in the perfect norm. 6’1″ natural bodybuilder with good genetics will usually weight about 190 lbs – 86 kg at 5% BF completely ‘shredded’ and water depleted. (Note: Very few people in the world can actually achieve this.)
Cristiano Ronaldo is 183 lbs but he isn’t water depleted nor 5% BF. There is no need to get that low for sports and we all know what would happen, if one tries to play a 90 minute game while being dehydrated. This means that Cristiano Ronaldo is close to the high end but still a little under.
That’s why we believe that the physique of Cristiano Ronaldo is perfectly achievable naturally with enough effort and dedication.
Does this mean that soccer players are drug free?
Not really. Of course, soccer players are not taking as much drugs as professional bodybuilders and American football players who need a lot to maintain all that mass, but virtually all professional athletes are under suspicion.
When you play at the highest level people are always looking for an edge to beat their opponents. That’s why there are a lot of dirty tactics and under the belt blows that occur. There is no doubt that pretty much 90% of the sports players use some kind of performance enhancing drugs (PED). Even people who don’t play sports do it. For example, professional musicians often take beta blockers in order to calm down before and during a concert.
Do you really think that when millions are at stake someone would be willing to ‘play nice’?
This does not mean that the physique of soccer players cannot be achieved naturally because anabolic steroids and PED in general have much broader usage than to just get big. A good example would be Lance Armstrong who had a modest physique and yet used plenty of the stuff to compete in road cycling and other events.