Few people on the planet are unaware of Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Real Madrid and Portugal national team striker is one of the best soccer players in the world. He has five Ballon d'Or awards, four Champions League titles, and even helped his country win the UEFA European Championship in 2016.
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 33-year-old forward who plays for one of the best teams in the world — Real Madrid. This season alone he has scored 40 goals from 38 appearances in La Liga and Champions League competitions and is set to contest another Champions League final on May 26.
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 continental-style 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 Portugal national team chef Luis Lavrador. The chef says Ronaldo's preferences include "pear, apple, or pineapple juice" but he is also "very fond of coffee."
Chef Lavrador also highlighted Ronaldo's love of fish. "Ronaldo eats all sort of dishes, as a responsible athlete he is, but the one he likes the most is fish like gilt-head bream, swordfish and sea bass."
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.
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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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.
Source: Goal.com and Instagram.
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.
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.
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