Man Utd stars have not eaten pudding since Cristiano Ronaldo's transfer return to match ripped star's high standards
MANCHESTER UNITED players HAVE ditched the puddings since Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford.
The Portuguese superstar, 36, completed his stunning transfer comeback in the summer.
And that led to Lee Grant joking his Red Devils team-mate were too scared to feast on sweet treats in order to meet his high and healthy standards.
Now Eric Bailly – who has played just six times this season – has confirmed Grant was not messing around.
Asked by Poet & Vuj if the United players eat desserts, the Ivorian defender said: "No, we've stopped.
"All the players stopped because it's good, you need to change sometimes.
"Ronaldo has been the best for a long time, why? Your body, you need to take care of it."
Grant revealed that he and his team-mates were all spying on what Ronaldo was eating at the hotel the night before matches and after seeing quinoa, avocado and boiled eggs on his plate, not one of them dared get up to get dessert after the meal.
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The goalkeeper quipped: "You finish your dinner and usually on a Friday night you've got a few cheat stuff out.
"You've got a bit of apple crumble and custard or you've got 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.
"We were sat down on our table for table pre-match and straight away one of the lads said to me, 'What has Cristiano got on his plate?'
"We were having a little goosey-gander over at what he's got and obviously it's the cleanest, most healthy plate you could imagine.
"It just cracked me up how not one player got up to take that junk food on which was laid out."
Ronaldo has kept himself in tip-top condition throughout his career – meaning he can still boast about his incredible physique and fitness in his mid-30s.
The five-time Ballon d'Or winner will reportedly eat up to six meals a day and favours fish as a staple of his diet, with swordfish, tuna and braised cod as particular favourites.
He also regards chicken as 'magical' due to its high protein and low fat content and will often eat ham and cheese and low-fat yoghurt for breakfast.
However, the man who wants to play into his 40s did admit his guilty pleasure is a pizza with his son.
Ronaldo also ensures he has eight hours of sleep each night and can sometimes take up to as many as five naps during the day.
About the importance of sleep, Ronaldo has said: "Proper sleep is really important for getting the most out of training.
"I go to bed early and get up early, especially before matches. Sleep helps muscles recover which is really important."
The superstar has also said that maintaining good mental health is just as important as maintaining his physical health for him to be at his best on the pitch.
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