Cristiano Ronaldo is impacting on and off the pitch with his new teammates.
An accomplished professional, the former Real Madrid and Juventus goal machine has dedicated his life to his craft in order to squeeze as much talent as possible, which includes watching what he eats.
And goalkeeper Lee Grant has revealed squad members are already looking to keep fit by refusing to indulge in treats ahead of Newcastle’s game at Old Trafford for fear of being judged.
“It was Friday night at the group’s hotel,” he told Darren Bent and Darren Ambrose in the Boot Room on talkSPORT.
“So as you know you finish your dinner and usually on a Friday night you have some cheat stuff.
“You have apple crumble or you have a little brownie and cream or whatever.”
“I’m telling you now, no player touched the apple crumble and custard, no player went to get that brownie because everyone was seated and one of the guys said to me:” What does Cristiano have on his plate? ‘
“So we had a little glimpse of what he had and obviously it’s the cleanest, healthiest plate you can imagine.
“And it cracked me up to see that no player dared to get up and have this junk food that was laid out.”
In true Ronaldo style, the Portugal captain marked his first game for the club since leaving in 2009 by scoring twice in a 4-1 demolition of Newcastle.
The 36-year-old then told his teammates how happy he was to be back, even giving a speech instead of performing an initiation.
Grant continued, “Everyone will know, every time someone gets up it’s normally like ‘Here’s a spoon, get on a stool or a chair and sing.’
“And I was one of the first because I’m one of the older players, so I’m just shaking the glasses to try to see.
“We have had [Raphael Varane], Jadon [Sancho] had to do his little piece and obviously Cristiano. We were all kind of on hot coals thinking if he was going to get up and sing.
“But he stood up, he was brilliant, obviously I’m not going to divulge the content of what he said, but it was interesting that this was one of the points he raised about his nerves.
“He repeated it after the game, so really interesting. But what I think it shows, and something we all know as players is that he really wants to be back here.
“He was incredibly excited to come back and play for the club so it’s incredibly humiliating for Manchester United fans and everyone connected with the club.
“It’s this global megastar that is absolutely thrilled to be back.”
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