Watch: Grant says Ronaldo has already changed Man Utd players’ eating habits

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring against Newcastle. September 11 2021.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s commitment to staying in peak physical condition is famous – and according to Lee Grant, the Portuguese star’s influence is already rubbing off on his Manchester United team-mates.

Ronaldo’s return to England’s North West has brought the hype train rumbling very noisily into town and part of that has been reheating the British media’s obsession with the 36-year-old striker’s diet and fitness habits.

You know what we mean: the super-clean eating; the disturbing number of sit-ups he does.

Well, apparently it’s contagious. United’s third-choice ‘keeper Lee Grant was on TalkSport on Sunday and revealed that Ronaldo’s presence has already changed how the Manchester United squad approaches meal times.

He said: “On Friday night [in the team hotel], you finish your dinner and you’ve got cheat stuff out, apple crumble and custard or a bit of brownie and cream.

“I tell you now: not one player touched the apple crumble and custard, not one player went up for that brownie [because they were looking at Ronaldo’s plate]… It just cracked me up how not one single player dared get up and take that junk food on.”

The no-dessert rule seems to be working for Ronaldo. Despite his advancing years, he scored twice on his second United debut on Saturday, including a slick second that made it 2-1.

Now we’ll just have to wait and see if United’s players can keep up their new diet and, if they do, whether it makes them all perform like the Portuguese.

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