Manchester United ‘S Players Mealtimes In The Canteen Due To The Example Set By Cristiano Ronaldo, Eric Bailly Has Confirmed
The Portuguese superstar is renowned for his astonishing physical condition at the age of 36 thanks to his strict diet and a rigorous training regime.
Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford in a £20million transfer from Juventus this summer and there were reports his presence was having a profound impact in the dressing room.
United goalkeeper Lee Grant declared he and his teammates went without their usual weekend treat following training at the club’s Carrington base after witnessing the five-time Ballon d’Or winner pass up pudding.
Bailly has backed up this claim, admitting the squad have followed Ronaldo’s lead by choosing to forgo dessert.
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“No, we’ve stopped [eating dessert],” the centre-back told Poet & Vuj. “All the players stopped because it’s good, you need to change sometimes.
“Ronaldo has been the best for a long time, why? Your body, you need to take care of it.”
Ronaldo continues to reap the rewards of his eating habits and he is United’s top scorer this season with 13 goals in 19 appearances.
His contract with the Red Devils runs until the summer of 2023 and there is the option to extend for another year, so he could still be playing Premier League football aged 39.
Such is Ronaldo’s status in the game, it took just weeks before United’s players began mimicking the former Real Madrid forward in the canteen.
Recalling one amusing dinnertime in September, Grant told talkSPORT : “This was Friday night in the group hotel. So, as you guys will be aware, you finish your dinner and usually on a Friday night you’ve got a few cheat stuff out.
“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.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival has led to Manchester United players snubbing dessert, according to Eric Bailly
“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.
“And it just cracked me up how not one single player dared get up and have that junk food that was laid out.”
Ronaldo will hope to fire the Red Devils to victory over Burnley on Thursday after a frustrating draw with Newcastle on Monday.