- If you get invited to lunch at Cristiano Ronaldo’s house, think twice before accepting.
- The Portuguese striker’s former teammate Patrice Evra said on a podcast that he expected “some big meat” when he went to Ronaldo’s house years ago but was given a healthy meal before being told to exercise with him.
- Ronaldo has been training with Portugal ahead of his country’s crucial Group B clash against Morocco on Wednesday.
- After scoring a stunning hat trick in a match against Spain last week, Ronaldo is hoping his extraordinary competitiveness and dedication to the training ground continues to pay dividends in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
- Read all of Business Insider’s World Cup coverage here.
If you get invited to lunch at Cristiano Ronaldo’s house, think twice before accepting.
That is the message from Patrice Evra, who played alongside the Portuguese national team’s captain for three and a half seasons at the Premier League club Manchester United.
Speaking to ITV’s 2018 FIFA World Cup podcast (via the Spanish sports news site Marca), Evra said Ronaldo asked him to come to his house one day after training, between 2006 and 2009, before the striker left United for Real Madrid.
Ronaldo is known to have a pretty varied diet, and Evra said he was looking forward to “some big meat.” But instead, Evra received a healthy, light meal before joining Ronaldo in multiple fitness training sessions.
Evra told the podcast: “He said, ‘Patrice, come over after training.’ I went, and, you know, I was really tired. At the table there was only salad and plain white chicken, so I was like, ‘OK…’ And water, not any juice.
“We started eating, and I was thinking some big meat would be coming after that, but there was nothing. He had just finished, and he stood up, and he started playing with a ball, doing some skills, and he said, ‘Let’s do some two touch.’ I was like, ‘Can I just finish eating?’ [Ronaldo replied,] ‘No, no, let’s play two touch.’
“We start playing two touch. After that, he said, ‘Let’s go to the pool to swim.’ I was like, OK, after going in the Jacuzzi, the sauna, I’m done.”
The story is a testament to Ronaldo’s extraordinary competitiveness and determination to stay fully fit and focused between matches – something Evra struggled to keep up with.
Ronaldo’s dedication to the training ground has paid dividends, as he has won five Champions League titles, three Premier League championships, and two La Liga championships.
He is at the top of the World Cup goal-scoring leaderboard, having netted a hat trick in Portugal’s opening Group B match against Spain on Friday.
Ronaldo is in World Cup action against Morocco on Wednesday, and he’s hoping his country secures a victory so it can put itself in the best position to progress to the latter stages.
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