Cristiano Ronaldo, the Real Madrid and Portugal national team striker, is one of the best soccer players in the world. He has four Champions League titles, helped Portugal win the UEFA European Championship in 2016, and is set to star for his country in the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Ronaldo is incredibly gifted. He is one of the fittest, most athletic sportsmen in world football today. To maintain an edge over his opponents, he has to stay motivated on the training ground and ensure he eats right.
We looked into what the world’s biggest soccer star eats and drinks to stay on top of his game. Here’s everything Ronaldo has for breakfast, lunch, and dinner:
This is Cristiano Ronaldo, the powerful forward who plays for Real Madrid and the Portugal national team. The 33-year-old scored 43 goals for Real last season, and begins his World Cup campaign today.
Ronaldo does not deprive himself of good food even though he is a world-class athlete. Judging from this photo he is a big fan of big breakfasts featuring pastries, cold cuts, European cheeses, and fresh fruit — all washed down with a latte and juice.
Being Portuguese, and specifically hailing from Madeira, Ronaldo has a taste for fruits and juices, according to Le10Sport. Ronaldo’s preferences include pear, apple, or pineapple juice, but he is also very fond of coffee.
Ronaldo has a love of fish and likes gilt-head bream, swordfish, and sea bass the most.
Ronaldo loves fish so much that he will even incorporate it into dishes he prepares himself, like taking sardines straight from the tin and dumping them onto fresh bread. He captioned this photo: “Do you want some?” Not everybody said yes.
As Ronaldo trains a lot, he drinks plenty of fluids. He said: “I stay hydrated with a sports drink that gives me energy for training and matches. It has a mix of carbohydrates that boosts endurance and is lower than many other sports drinks in sugar. It also contains electrolytes to help with hydration and vitamin B12 that fights fatigue.”
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Ronaldo has said that he eats “simple whole foods like fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein.” He ticks a lot of those boxes in the dish below, which might explain why he looks so excited to tuck into this plate of hard-boiled eggs, tuna fish, and tomatoes.
It’s not all about fish for Ronaldo, as he also enjoys a steak. In fact, when he eats out at restaurants, he frequently orders steak and salad. He probably wears a shirt when he goes out, though. Probably.
Regardless of how otherworldly his soccer skills are, Ronaldo is still human and does not live exclusively on healthy foods. Here he is tucking into a piece of chocolate.
He also likes birthday cake.
His absolute favourite dish is “Bacalhau à Brás,” and is something he might have at dinner. Bacalhau is made from shreds of salted cod, onions, and matchstick-sized fried potatoes. It is served on a heap of scrambled eggs and garnished with things like olives and parsley.
As Ronaldo spends most of his time in Spain, it might be safe to assume there’s Rioja in those glasses. However, he has said previously that he avoids alcohol — so maybe it’s grape juice. He does like juice, after all. Cheers!
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