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Cristiano Ronaldo’s former chef says strict food regime helps keep fat off

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Giorgio Barone said the footballer avoids sugars, fats and carbohydrates. His favourite food includes fish, lean protein dishes, whole grains and salads, which help toning his body and burning calories

Cristiano Ronaldo follows a strict diet, his former live-in chef said

With a reported £25million pay deal, Cristiano Ronaldo could afford to eat like a king.

But the football legend’s former live-in chef, Giorgio Barone, reveals the secret to Ronaldo’s toned body is more about salad than salary.

“There are no expensive foods,” he insists. “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.”

As Ronaldo, 36, prepares for his Manchester United return, Giorgio today spills his diet secrets.

He told the Sunday Mirror his focus is on proteins, while aiming to exclude sugars, fats and carbohydrates.



Ronaldo’s breakfast with avocado, cucumber and prawn
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Giorgio Barone)




Among Ronaldo’s favourites are fish, lean protein dishes, whole grains and salads – the proteins helping to both build and repair muscle and slow deterioration through age.

They also help to burn calories. Giorgio said: “I cook using coconut oil. It is also imp­­ortant to drink plenty of water – but purified. And drink a lot.

“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.”



Giorgio Barone and Ronaldo
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Giorgio Barone)




Coconut oil is high in lauric acid, said to help burn fat and to improve cholesterol.

Giorgio was spe­a­king after the world got another glimpse of Ronaldo’s taut chest as he celebrated breaking the international goals record with two strikes against Ireland this week.









The chef works for one player each season, taking time away from his restaurant on Sardinia.

He lived-in with dad-of-four Ronaldo after his 2018 Juventus move.

After an emo­­tional farewell, he said: “Cristiano is a champion for all – a great man, a great father, a great family.”




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