Cristiano Ronaldo's list of meals handed to Man Utd chefs causing a stir among teammates
The five-time Ballon d'Or winner is known for his intense gym routine and diet habits but his favourite foods are seemingly not to the taste of all his teammates
Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has persuaded club chefs to put his favourite foods on the training ground menu at the canteen.
A huge factor in how the 36-year-old continues to operate at the highest level - and his confidence that he can play into his 40s - is his strict, specific diet which allows him to eat up to six times a day.
Ronaldo has been asked by those at the Carrington canteen for a list of his preferred foods - which included a traditional Portuguese stew called Bacalhau, consisting of salt cod and eggs, a dish that is thought to have gone down well with his United teammates.
However, a number of other dishes were not so popular.
One United source told the Sun: "He also loves octopus, but most of the lads won’t go there - even if it clearly works for Ronny!
"Cristiano is very much into his proteins, stuff like slices of ham, eggs and avocados, and the chefs are trying to help him with a little taste of home."
The diet that Ronaldo follows is so effective the United star holds confidence that he will be able to continue his playing career well into his 40's.
Upon Ronaldo's arrival, back-up goalkeeper Lee Grant explained to talkSPORT how the Portugal superstar's food habits - including no alcohol and no Friday night puddings - are already influencing the rest of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's squad.
"This was Friday night in the group hotel,” Grant explained.
"So, as you guys will be aware, you finish your dinner and usually on a Friday night you’ve got a few cheat stuff out.
"You’ve got some apple crumble or you’ve got a bit of brownie and cream or what not.
"I tell you now, not one player touched the apple crumble and custard, not one player went up for that brownie because everybody was sat down and one of the lads said to me, ‘What has Cristiano got on his plate?’
"So we were having a little goosey gander at what he has got and obviously it is the cleanest, most healthy plate you can imagine.
"And it just cracked me up how not one single player dared get up and have that junk food that was laid out."
Since his return to the club where he made his name, Ronaldo has bagged four goals in five games - his goal-scoring run coming to an end in Saturday's home defeat against Aston Villa.