The keeper said the star’s positive impact stretches to the pre-match meal, with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s choice ensuring no-one had pudding
Cristiano Ronaldo is already having an impact on his team-mates off the pitch at Manchester United, says Lee Grant, who claims the star’s healthy lifestyle has already shamed the other players into eating more healthily.
Ronaldo returned to OId Trafford after a remarkable summer from Juventus. He scored twice in United’s 4-1 victory against Newcastle in the Premier League.
Grant, United’s reserve goalkeeper has revealed that Ronaldo’s positive effect extends to the prematch meal. The five time Ballon d’Or winner’s choice for food made sure that no one of his new colleagues ate pudding.
What has been said?
Grant told talkSPORT : “This was Friday night in the group hotel. After you finish your meal, you usually have some cheat stuff. You’ve got some apple crumble or you’ve got a bit of brownie and cream or what not.
“I tell you now, not one player touched the apple crumble and custard, not one player went up for that brownie because everybody was sat down and one of the lads said to me, ‘What has Cristiano got on his plate?’
“So we were having a little goosey gander at what he has got and obviously it is the cleanest, most healthy plate you can imagine. It just cracked me up how not one single player dared get up and have that junk food that was laid out.”
The Portugal international’s dislike of sugary drinks and snacks made headlines in the summer when he removed bottles of Coca-Cola from in front of him before a press conference at the European Championship, imploring those watching to “drink water” instead.
Ronaldo has a personal dietician who has worked with him ever since his Real Madrid days, eating six small meals a day and sticking rigidly to healthy options.
He stated previously that a good workout should be accompanied with a healthy diet. “I eat a high amount of protein, lots of wholegrain carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables, and I avoid sugary foods.”