The Foods Behind Cristiano Ronaldo's Physique, from a Manchester United Insider

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Say what you want about Cristiano Ronaldo, but, at 36, he still has one of the most enviable physiques in all of sport. That's obviously down to years of training, eating and recovering correctly, but there is a secret foodstuff behind Ronaldo's rig, and it's something his new Manchester United teammates aren't too keen on.

Speaking to The Sun, a Manchester United insider revealed: “He loves octopus, but most of the lads won’t go there – even if it clearly works for Ronny."

The insider also explained how Ronaldo has convinced club chefs to cook some of his favourite meals, so, alongside some more familiar options, now on the menu at Manchester United is a traditional Portuguese stew called Bacalhau – made with salt cod and eggs – which has apparently gone down a lot better than octopus.

"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," said the insider.

Ronaldo's effect on the diets of his Manchester United teammates isn't restricted to them being introduced to new foods; his presence has meant some things are now strictly off the menu too.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Manchester United's back-up goalkeeper Lee Grant explained how usually on a Friday night players are allowed a 'cheat' meal, so "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," Grant said.

"It just cracked me up how not one single player dared get up and have that junk food that was laid out."

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