The believe it or not of Ronaldo and Messi, by Castrol!

May 27th, 2009 - 6:34 pm ICT by ANI  

AC Milan Mumbai, May 27 (ANI): A team of performance analysts at Castrol have revealed that a free kick by Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo can generate greater acceleration than a Formula 1 race car, while Barcelona striker Lionel Messi runs down the field during a season are the equivalent of the distance between Barcelona to Madrid.

And that’s why Ronaldo and Messi will carry the hopes of Manchester United and Barcelona into the Champions League final on May 27th.

These astonishing physical attributes of the two players are likely to play a key part in Wednesday’s Champions League final in Rome.

Castrol experts have proved that week in, week out, both demonstrate incredible performances in terms of strength, acceleration and agility, and pace and stamina.

Using a unique system of data analysis, Castrol’s insights demonstrate the very different qualities the two stars will bring to the Rome finale.


- Ronaldo maintains his amazing physique by lifting in excess of 20 tonnes - the equivalent of 10 Audi 4×4s - during a full weight training session.

In full flight, Messi is the equivalent weight of seven men. And when jumping Messi generates more power than a cheetah does in full flight.


If Ronaldo is given the chance to launch one of his trademark free kicks, the Barca keeper will face a ball accelerating at 32 metres per second compared to a Formula 1 car at 4.6 metres per second.

United’s defenders must somehow cope with Messi’s astonishing agility that allows him to make more turns and changes of direction in one game than a Formula 1 car competing in the Silverstone Grand Prix race.


- Ronaldo’s speed is well known. He sprints 900 more times in a season than an Olympic sprinter in an equivalent season.

- Messi possesses amazing stamina which allows him to cover the equivalent distance from Barca’s own Nou Camp home to Real Madrid’s Bernabeu Stadium over the course of a regular campaign.

Marcel Desailly - Castrol Ambassador and a two-time Champions League winner with Olympique Marseilles and AC Milan - is in no doubt that the two players pose very different and potentially deadly threats.

Commenting on the findings, Mike Johnson, Castrol Senior Vice President, said, “Castrol is all about using the application of analysis, technology and innovation to deliver insights into winning performances. We have used all three of these to deliver powerful insights on two of the best players in the world. We want to show football fans the extreme skills that it really does take to win at the highest level.” (ANI)

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