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

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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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