Cristiano Ronaldo showed off the fruits of his fitness regime as he shared a shirtless snap to Instagram on Tuesday.The footballer, 37, displayed his gym-honed physique in the black and white photo where he appeared to be relaxing in a sauna.

The athlete sported his own name brand briefs and wrote a caption about his dedication to healthy living. Cristiano wrote: ‘Genetics carry the gun, lifestyle pulls the trigger.’ Earlier this week, Cristiano shared a look at his gym routine as he posted a snap of himself doing a core workout.

Meanwhile, the striker has been absent from his team Manchester United’s pre-season tour in Thailand. Ronaldo previously announced that he wanted to leave the club after another disappointing season without a trophy, but the new social media post may suggest that an agreement has been found at Old Trafford for the club icon to stay. 

The club still does not know if Ronaldo will be able to join the four-game, 16-day trip to Thailand and Australia at a later date amid uncertainty over his future at Old Trafford.  A club spokesperson confirmed: ‘Cristiano Ronaldo will not be part of the Manchester United party scheduled to depart for our pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia on Friday.

‘He has been granted additional time off to deal with a family issue. Cristiano remains under contract with Manchester United for another season and is not for sale.’The player has so far missed four days of training but is said to be unhappy over suggestions he has refused to turn up, considering he had the club’s permission to stay in Lisbon with partner Georgina Rodriguez and his children.

However, Ronaldo’s continued absence is bound to fuel speculation over his future after he told United he wants to leave and his agent Jorge Mendes held talks with several clubs. And with Chelsea joining Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain in deciding not to sign the legend, his prospects of playing Champions League football next season are rapidly fading away.

He was linked with Bayern as a replacement for Robert Lewandowski but his extravagant salary approaching £500,000-a-week was never something the German champions would realistically countenance. They have also bought Sadio Mane.

Money is no object for PSG but they too declined the chance to pair Ronaldo with Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe when the star’s agent Jorge Mendes came knocking. 


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