Tyson Fury warns Cristiano Ronaldo that ‘age will get you’ and insists he’s ‘on the slide’

The British boxing star, who is also a fan of Manchester United, has compared Ronaldo to Wladimir Klitschko at the end of the Ukrainian’s boxing career.

Ronaldo has been dropped to the bench in recent times for both the Red Devils – before his tumultuous exit – and most recently against Switzerland in the last-16 of the World Cup for his country.

Fury told talkSport that he thought beating Klitschko in 2015 was the ‘Everest’ but admitted that other factors such as age come into a sportsman’s career.

He said: ‘In this game it’s not about how much better somebody is than the other person, a lot of it has to do with natural stuff, like age, and at 39-years old you are on the decline, whether you want to admit it or not.

‘If you look at Cristiano Ronaldo, he’s 37 years old, he’s had the best doctors, the best physiotherapists, he’s lived like an egg in Mr Kipling’s cake.

‘But even Ronaldo is on the slide now, so even someone who has looked after himself like that, it catches up to you… so imagine a boxer who has been punched to pieces for the last 20 years.

‘The age factor will not wait for anybody, no matter how you’ve lived.

‘Whether you’ve never had a drink in your life, if you’ve never run on any hard surfaces, no matter who you are, age will get you eventually.’

Fury’s unanimous decision victory over Ukrainian Klitschko in November 2015 was the biggest of the Gypsy King’s career at that point.

Klitschko was 39-years-old at the time of the fight, and would only go on to have one more bout – in a losing effort to Anthony Joshua in April 2017.

Fury, nine fights after his one with Klitschko, still holds an unbeaten record after most recently defeating Derek Chisora for the third time on Saturday evening.

Ronaldo is now a free agent after leaving Manchester United following his explosive interview with Piers Morgan, in which he hit out at the club.

The 37-year-old has been in the news again this week after he was dropped to the bench against Switzerland – following his angry reaction to being substituted against South Korea.

His replacement, Goncalo Ramos, netted a hat-trick against the Swiss, meaning he is in a fight to return to the starting XI in the quarter-final against Morocco on Saturday.

Ronaldo rubbished reports that he wanted to leave Portugal’s World Cup squad after being left out against Switzerland.

In a tweet, the forward wrote: ‘A group too close to be broken by outside forces. A nation too brave to let itself be frightened by any adversary.

‘A team in the truest sense of the word, which will fight for the dream until the end! Believe with us! Strength, Portugal!’

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