What Football Players ACTUALLY Eat..?
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What Football Players ACTUALLY Eat..?

What does a soccer player eat?


Most football players eat healthy.. But Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos and Robert Lewandowski have stories you won't believe.. 

Soccer players train hard both on and off the field for their 90 minutes of play. In addition to perfecting plays building stamina and honing ball-handling skills, professional players' training also involves attention to their nutrition. Professional soccer players should give equal consideration to their diet as they do to other aspects of the game, and most of them do.

Regular Training

Not all professional soccer players follow the exact same diet plans. Their meals are influenced by personal tastes, cultural differences and how their bodies react to certain foods. On a regular, daily basis, though, most professional soccer players generally try to eat healthfully and focus on quality carbohydrates, such as oats, sweet potatoes and quinoa; lean proteins, including grilled meats and fish; and healthy fats, including olive oil, avocados and flax.

Sample Meals

Uruguayan superstar Diego Forlan likes fresh pineapple, which is readily available in his home country, brown bread and yogurt for breakfast. He'll occasionally up his morning protein intake with a ham and cheese omelet. Former Manchester United and Everton player Phil ­Neville always started his day with scrambled eggs or an omelet. Forlan's lunch, which usually follows several hours of training, consists of quick-digesting carbs, such as pasta or rice, which helps restore his energy, or glycogen, stores. To help with muscle recovery, he adds protein to this meal, usually in the form of grilled chicken; he's careful to avoid unhealthy fried foods.

At dinner, Forlan typically eats fresh fish and steamed vegetables, and he'll occasionally indulge in a sweet treat. For snacks, nutrition expert Julie Neville, who works with professional players in Britain, told the "Mirror" that she provides athletes with bananas, nuts and seeds instead of chips and sweets. Forlan usually drinks a fresh fruit smoothie at snack time.

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