Patrice Evra remembers funny having endured a ‘boring’ lunch at the home of Cristiano Ronaldo – where the Manchester United legend only shares salad, ordinary chicken and water with his former teammate.
Ronaldo’s determination to have the perfect diet has left players at Old Trafford in awe, and it’s no surprise that this pure drive has resulted in him winning countless trophies and personal awards.
But Evra, who is now retired and played with the superstar between 2006 and 2009, has jokingly shared his disgust at Ronaldo’s uninspired culinary choices.
Patrice Evra remembers having fun having a ‘boring’ lunch with Cristiano Ronaldo in his house
He told talkSPORT: ‘Cristiano is first and foremost, as a person and a human being, so generous, so sweet, and people do not see that face. But he is a winner. He’s addicted.
‘For example, when we had training at. 10.00, Cristiano was already there at. 8.00. When we finished training, he was still on the field practicing.
‘When he invited me to lunch … never go to lunch, for you must have one of the most boring lunches at Cristiano; it’s salad, plain chicken and water. There is not even rushing water.
Ronaldo is famous for his diet, which sees him eat little and often, and an extraordinary physique
But Evra has been unimpressed by her former teammate’s uninspired culinary choices
‘Then we went out in the garden, exercised a little, swam, went to the sauna and at one point I looked at him and said,’ Brother, we just finished one workout, why do we need another workout? ”
This is not the first time Evra mentions Ronaldo’s meals. The now 40-year-old, back in 2019, shared a picture of the two stars together at a lavish event, adding comically what they could have said at the time.
His knowing sound was: ‘@Cristiano: “Are you coming for lunch or not?” Me: “Thank you, but I’m just retiring, so I do not need another workout.”
And just two weeks before that post, Evra once again took another naughty grave about how lunch with Ronaldo is like taking part in his strict fitness regime.
‘He’s a machine!’ wrote the ex-back, accompanied by several laughing emojis. “Just do not go to his house for lunch, it’s like another workout!”
Since Ronaldo sealed his sensational second half at United, desserts and sweets are off the menu – with players eager to line up and follow the talisman’s example of eating healthy and cutting out unnecessary calories.
Ahead of his stunning two-goal impact against Newcastle in September, Ronaldo set the tone for how he would take care of his body. Goalkeeper Lee Grant revealed that as a result, not one teammate went up for dessert after their dinner.
He told talkSPORT: ‘To give you an example of the impact he has on the right group. It was Friday night at the hotel.
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‘So, as you probably know, you end your dinner, and usually on a Friday night you have some cheating.
‘You have some apple crumble and vanilla cream, or you have a little brownie and cream or something else.
‘I tell you now, not one player touched the apple crumble and the cream, not one player went up after that brownie because everyone was sitting down.
One of the boys said to me, “What does Cristiano have on his plate?”
Ronaldo also eats lots of fish, but typically avoids eating red meat or eating anything frozen
CRISTIANO RONALDO’S DIET, TRAINING, REST AND PHYSICS
His typical daily meals:
Breakfast: Cheese and ham, low-fat yogurt
Brunch: Chicken and salad
Lunch: Tuna, olives, eggs and tomato
Snack: Fresh fruit, avocado on toast
Dinner: Fresh swordfish and salad
Ronaldo complements team training sessions with a personal training plan. His five weekly trips to the gym include 25-30 minutes of cardio, high-intensity sprints and targeted weights to increase muscle strength. In total, he trains three to four hours a day.
The superstar sleeps five times a day. “Proper sleep is really important to get the most out of exercise,” he says. ‘Sleep helps the muscles recover, which is really important.’
A test showed that he had the body of an athlete who was 14 years younger, with 7 percent body fat – (the average football player is 11). He has 50 percent muscle mass.
“So we got a little goose on what he has, and it’s obviously the cleanest and healthiest plate you can imagine.
‘And it just broke me how not a single player dared to get up and get that junk food that was laid out.’
Ronaldo’s ability to stay at the elite level depends on his diet and fitness. He will typically eat a little, but often.
A diet involving six protein-rich mini-meals a day is behind Ronaldo’s age-defying heroism.
His routine consists of six meals a day, divided into three to four hour intervals, to help him meet his high nutritional requirements.
The forward also makes use of a personal nutritionist, and eats whole grains, fresh fruit and lean proteins contained in fish such as swordfish, sea bass, bream and cod. As a rule, these are always fresh and never frozen.
There is also a lot of salad on Ronaldo’s plate, which Evra discovered many years ago, and for breakfast he will eat cheese, ham, low – fat yoghurt, fruit and avocado toast.