Eric Bailly says Ronaldo behind huge behavioural change in Man Utd canteen

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Eric Bailly has gone some way to explain how things have changed in the canteen that has gone ahead since the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portuguese superstar arrived back at Manchester United, 12 years after his departure to Real Madrid in a then-world record £80m deal.

In that time period, the forward has cemented himself as one of, if not, the best players in the world and arguably of all-time.

His trophy cabinet is brimming with the best prizes in the game, including six Champions League trophies, five Ballon d'Ors and seven league titles across three different countries.

And at the age of 36, Ronaldo continues to dominate the sport – often putting his younger counterparts to shame with his incredible fitness and physique.

One way he has achieved this is through a strict training regime and diet while his teammates are keen to learn a lesson or two from the footballing icon.

Earlier in the season, back-up goalkeeper Lee Grant stated how players were now skipping their after-dinner treats due to Ronaldo's influence.

And Bailly has repeated those claims to emphasise the impact the veteran forward has had at Old Trafford in the canteen.

"No, we've stopped [eating dessert]," the Ivorian told Poet & Vuj. "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."

The former Juventus star has proved that all the dieting and extra exercise has not been a vanity project by letting his goals do the talking.

He is United's top scorer this season with 13 in 19 appearances and his sights are firmly set on leading them back into the Champions League spots in the Premier League.

Ronaldo's contract at Old Trafford does not expire until 2023 and even has an option for another year, meaning he could be terrorising defences until the ripe old age of 39.

  • Manchester United FC
  • Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Premier League

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