FOR many footballers, a strict diet is critical to their performance on the pitch.
Many boast of their own private chefs who prepare healthy meals.
While others enjoy fine dining with fish, salads and protein-rich dishes.
But every now and then a footballer will have a cheat day and indulge in some fast food.
Here are some footballers who couldn’t resist eating junk.
Kevin De Bruyne
You could say the Belgium Man City star has earned his fast food fix after another brilliant performance in the engine room for Pep Guardiola against Liverpool.
After the final whistle, he took his wife and children to McDonald’s – and documented his trip on TikTok.
In the video, he appears to be getting some Happy Meals.
There is absolutely no confirmation that he stole some chips from them.
Consider another Belgium star, ex-Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard.
At Real Madrid, he’s constantly faced with jokes about his weight and admits he likes the odd bun.
But in 2011, furious that his country was substituted during a game against Turkey, he left the stadium and was later seen mocking a burger.
The shocking images were circulated in Belgian newspapers, leading to manager Georges Leekens handing out a two-game ban for the star’s unprofessionalism.
Though he retired in 2013, David Beckham shows no signs of letting go and remains fit.
Really amazing considering he loves fish and chips.
Once, while watching a Champions League game, he shared a plate of food that included saveloy, cod and fries, along with a loaf of bread and a large bottle of ketchup.
Of course, the curry sauce could not be missing.
CR7 loves pizza. Just ask his mother.
Last year, Dolores Aveiro revealed on Portuguese television: “My son also likes pizza. He eats one once a week, but after that he does a lot of sit-ups.”
In the past, Ronaldo shared how he enjoys eating pizza with son Cristiano Jr.
However, he claimed that this only happens “sometimes” – not to make life boring.
Belarusian club Bate Borisov have won 15 league titles in their home country, 13 of them in a row.
They also managed to qualify for the group stage of the Champions League five times and the Europa League four times.
How did they do it?
By sneaking in a Burger King meal on their travels in Europe.
The former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder was excited about a KFC IN FRONT He played home games in the Emirates.
His former teammate Emmanuel Frimpong made the amazing claim back in 2018.
Speaking to The Telegraph about players’ eating habits, he said: “Then there was that [Alex] Song that used to go to KFC before every home game.
“On the bus to the team hotel the night before the game, he ate chicken nuggets.”
For ex-Man Utd defender Ferdinand, a cheeky Nando is his poison.
He even has a fancy Nando’s High Five card that gives the former England star free meals for him and his friends.
“When I come to London by train I always stop by Nando’s in Euston for a bite to eat,” he once tweeted.
On another visit, he wrote on social media, “OMD these Nandos will be destroyed!”
And in 2019, Ferdinand and his wife Kate rented a Nando’s in Camberwell, south London, for a Christmas party with their friends.