Kakasgotskillz wrote:Technically it's because he wears cleats that are smaller than his foot size to ensure a snug fit and it backfired on him because it affected the ankle support of the cleat.
And the ankle weights thing was when he was a teenager. It can't have too much of an effect at this time - if anything it would be a positive one cuz it made him faster.
Actually most pro's wear boots that are slightly too small for them, it would not affect your ankles unless they are already damaged, and considering how little he would wear them it wouldn't have a profound effect, and the injuries that would come of it would not be the heel, but the metatarsal and the toes, but in ronaldo's case 1.5 is a lot of a difference and could have affected his heels aswel as the arc of his foot
the main problems with ankle weights is that they incur long term problems, consider you are doing a stepover very quickly, at the peak of the move,
your foot is outstreched and swinging away from the body and the weights are pulling on your leg as forces pull them
then when you return your leg close to your body the weights still trying to pull away
this pulling effect strectches the tendons and ligaments in your ankle and calf
in the short term you would get strong legs fast
in the long term you would get weak and flimbsey ankls that are easily injured and your knees can get severly fu**ed aswel
so him doing it as a teenager (when his muscles were still growing and changing did make him faster, but quite fu**ed up his feet now) was probably worse then doing them now