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Man Utd players unimpressed by new Cristiano Ronaldo decision as private details emerge


Manchester United players are impressed by Cristiano Ronaldo’s decision to have special food put on the club’s menu, reports say. The Portugal international recently returned from Juventus after 12 years away. And he’s already scored four goals in as many matches in the short time since.

Manchester United have seen the best of Ronaldo already in the four matches since his homecoming.

But, off the field, not every decision the 36-year-old has made has been met with universal approval.

According to The Sun, Ronaldo has enforced his own diet by having the club’s chefs cater for his needs.

The 36-year-old, who eats six times a day, has put Portuguese stew Bacalhau, made with salt cod and eggs, on the list.

But that ‘hasn’t caused too much of a stir’ among his new team-mates.

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Ronaldo has also called for Octopus to be on the menu, and a club insider is quoted as saying: “He also loves octopus, but most of the lads won’t go there – even if it clearly works for Ronny!

“Cristiano is very much into his proteins, stuff like slices of ham, eggs and avocados, and the chefs are trying to help him with a little taste of home.”

And they also said: “Ronny may try to convert a few of the lads to Portuguese food, but if some hoped it was just Peri-Peri chicken from Nandos they were disappointed!”

Ronaldo has followed this strict diet for many years.

And that’s why he’s in such outrageous shape at the age of 36, with the player operating at peak physical fitness as he looks to prolong his career.

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By now, most outfield players are contemplating retirement.

But Ronaldo, speaking before he scored twice against Newcastle earlier this month, insisted he had three or four years left in his locker.

“This is why I am here,” he said.

“I am not here for a vacation.

“As I told you, before was good, winning important things and I wore the shirt before many years ago, but I am here to win again.

“I am capable, me and my team-mates. I am ready to go, I am ready to go. It is a good chance for me, for the supporters, for the club, to get one step ahead.

“I am ready and I think I will be a huge thing in the next three or four years.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer meanwhile, thinks Ronaldo can play into his 40s.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if he still played when he was 40, not at all, because of the way he looks after himself,” he said.

“That’s the key to it – and of course some genes. There must be some genes as well, some DNA in there.

“He has put every single ounce of energy and effort into becoming the player he is and has been, so he deserves every single little plaudit that he gets for his physical state.

“What’s more impressive is when you have achieved as much as he has, he’s still as hungry.

“His mentality is still absolutely spot-on and that’s a desire from inside that he’s going to keep going until his head says, ‘no, I’ve given everything now’.

“Hopefully it will last a few more years. Linford Christie (who won the Olympic 100m aged 32 in 1992) was quite an age when he won his gold as well, so age is never a problem.”





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