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Cristiano Ronaldo's former chef has lifted the lid on the new Manchester United recruit's diet – which includes octopus and coconut oil.
Ronaldo, who secured an emotional return to United last week 12 years after departing to join Real Madrid, remains at the top of his game at the age of 36.
That is partly down to the strict diet regime he carries out off the pitch, helping him maintain optimum fitness levels and a chiselled physique.
During his previous stint at Juventus, famous chef Giorgio Barone – who usually takes time away from his Sardinia restaurant to work for one player each season – became the Portugal captain's live-in cook.
But the secret isn't in how much Ronaldo spends on his grub, as Barone revealed to The Mirror: "There are no expensive foods.
"But healthy foods. I use organic and natural foods – fish, chicken, veal, eggs, avocado, coconut oil and black rice.
"You have to take care of your body as if taking care of a Ferrari."
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Ronaldo is said to prefer a heavy protein diet, keeping sugars, fats and carbohydrates to a minimum thanks to the help of Barone.
The Italian chef also helped CR7's partner Georgina Rodriguez and their four children stay healthy in the food department.
Seafood such as prawns and octopus are understood to be favourites of Ronaldo's, as is veal, whole grains and salads.
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The five-time Ballon d'Or winner also adds coconut oil to his meals to help burn calories, with its high lauric acid burning fat and improving cholesterol.
"I cook using coconut oil," Barone said.
"It is also important to drink plenty of water – but purified. And drink a lot.
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"Of course, it’s all combined with hard training. But rest is as fundamental as training and nutrition – including in the afternoon. And eating early in the evening, not late."
Barone has now lost his star client, nevertheless, with Ronaldo in line to make his second United debut against Newcastle on Saturday after waving goodbye to Turin.
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