Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has offered some rare insight into how driven and competitive Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo really is.
The Portugal captain got his 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign off to a flyer when he became the first player in the history of the competition to score a hat-trick against Spain.
His former teammate Evra, who spent three years playing alongside the forward at United, has now admitted that he is not surprised to see Ronaldo achieve great things, and revealed a story about how focused the former Red Devils star became.
"I would advise anybody, when Cristiano invites you for lunch at his house, just say no," the Frenchman told ITV Sport.
"So, he 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 and 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.'
"I was like, can I just finish eating? '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… Moreover, after going to the Jacuzzi, the sauna, I am 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 is why I would recommend to anyone when Cristiano invite you to his house, don't go – just say no because this guy, he is a machine, he does not want to stop training."
Evra also highlighted how Ronaldo could not stand losing, and told a story involving some table tennis to illustrate the point.
"With Rio Ferdinand, they were playing table tennis, and Rio beat him, and we were all screaming, and Ronaldo was so upset," he added.
"Then he sent his cousin to buy a tennis table, he trained for two weeks at home, and he came back, and he beat Rio in front of everyone.
"So that is Cristiano Ronaldo, so that is why I am not surprised today why he wants to win another golden ball, why he wants to win the World Cup. Because he is an angry man."
Ronaldo made 44 appearances for Los Blancos last season, scoring 44 goals and assisting a further eight strikes.
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