Cristiano Ronaldo's $7.1-Million House is a Palace Built for Athletic Performance

Cristiano Ronaldo's home in Madrid is not just a showplace. It's an athlete's dream training and recovery facility.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best soccer players in history.

Anyone who's taken a glance at his trophy case—you know, the one with the three Ballon d'Ors—can tell you that. But at 30 years old, the Real Madrid forward has reached an age where many great players begin to see their game fall off. Soccer is unique in that players typically hit their prime at a rather young age. After studying World Cup statistics, the BBC concluded the professional soccer players on average reach their  performance peak shortly before their 28th birthday.

But we wouldn't bet on Ronaldo's superb play taking a nosedive any time soon. One big reason? His amazing devotion to fitness and recovery. The dude has a full training center in his house!

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Sir Alex Ferguson, who served as Ronaldo's manager at Manchester United, recently visited his home in Madrid and was blown away. Speaking to the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Ferguson detailed its amazing amenities.

"His house is made for the best player in the world. The gym is about half the size of this [pointing to the lecture hall]. He's got everything in it," Ferguson said. "He's got two pools, a hot pool and a cold pool. He's got an ice room at minus 160 degrees where he goes for 10 minutes after every game. It's just unbelievable."

Cristiano, if you're reading this, we're totally down to housesit for you the next time you're out of town.

Watch Ronaldo make use of his sweet digs in the videos below.

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