How Ronaldo’s Salad-Heavy Diet is Inspiring Young Man Utd Fans to Eat Healthily

How Ronaldo’s Salad-Heavy Diet is Inspiring Young Man Utd Fans to Eat Healthily

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04 Feb 2022
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Cristiano Ronaldo

The longevity of five-time Ballon d’Or winner is in part down to his diet, and the club’s foundation is sharing those secrets with local children

When Cristiano Ronaldo rejoined Manchester United in September, the footballing world was gripped by mass hysteria.

Fans, former players, pundits, journalists, and even his new teammates were hailing the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s return to Old Trafford.

Every aspect of his playing style, training technique, lifestyle, and diet has been scrutinized over the past decade, and now he is back in Manchester, a new generation of United supporters are keen to learn his secrets.

Among them are the 30 Primary School children that descended on Old Trafford in late January for a lesson in healthy eating from the United chefs there, and while Marcus Rashford got a cursory mention, there was only really one player they were interested in learning about Ronaldo.

“He’s the fittest one, so he has to be the healthiest,” one child said upon their arrival.

Goalkeeper Lee Grant’s comments that United players had stopped eating dessert since Ronaldo arrived did not go down well with former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, because the Norwegian felt that it suggested the squad’s nutrition and diet was not good enough previously.

And while Solskjaer may have had a point, there is no doubt that Ronaldo’s return has made some players rethink their menu options.

“There are a few players that will eat what Ronaldo eats now, just to see,” head chef Darren Hamilton said. “Because he’s still playing at the age that he is, he’s eating right, he’s training right so some of the players are adapting.”

And it’s not just the players Ronaldo is having an impact on. His status as one of the greatest players to play the game means he was the main attraction for the excitable children who quizzed the club’s chefs on what the Portugal international eats.

“His favorite is chicken salad. He tends to lean towards that more than anything else,” Hamilton said.

“At the training ground, we have buffet style. So he can help himself to other options. If he has any special requests, he will let us know so that we can make that for him. Us here in the stadium for the away games, we tend to make him chicken salads to re-boost his carbs when he’s on his way back.”


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