Patrice Evra has given a fascinating insight into Cristiano Ronaldo and how committed his former Manchester United team-mate was to training during their Old Trafford days.
Evra, who recently announced his retirement from playing, became Ronaldo’s Old Trafford team-mate when he joined the Red Devils from Monaco in January 2006.
The pair starred alongside each other for two-and-a-half seasons, winning three Premier League titles and the 2008 Champions League crown together, before Ronaldo sealed his dream switch to Real Madrid .
In a response to a Twitter post celebrating 16 years since Ronaldo arrived at United in 2003, Evra hailed the 34-year-old Portuguese superstar as a “machine”.
And the former French defender also referred to Ronaldo’s crazy training regime, a revelation that goes some way to explaining how the legendary striker maintains his athletic physique.
He wrote on social media: “He is a machine!! Just don’t go to his house for lunch it’s like another training session!”
This isn’t the first time Evra has made a joke about Ronaldo’s lunchtime exploits and he went into more detail last year .
Speaking on the ITV World Cup podcast the Frenchman said: “I would give advice to anybody, when Cristiano invites you for lunch at his house, just say no.
“He once said, ‘Patrice, come over after training.’
“I went, you know I was really tired, [and] at the table there was only salad and plain white chicken so I was like, okay, and water, not any juice.
“We started eating and I was thinking some big meat would be coming after that but there was nothing.
“He just finished and he stood up and he started playing with a ball, doing some skills and he said, ‘Let’s do some two-touch.’
Evra added: “I was like, can I just finish eating? He said ‘No, no let’s play two-touch.’
“We start playing two touch. After that he said let’s go to the pool to swim, I was like okay… after going in the jacuzzi, the sauna, I’m done.
“I say, ‘Cristiano why have we come here, have we come here because we have a game tomorrow, or just for lunch?’
“So that’s why I would recommend to anyone when Cristiano invite you to his house, don’t go – just say no because this guy, he’s a machine, he doesn’t want to stop training.”