The most successful trio in recent years in world football is Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi and Benzema. Gunners leave their marks on the lawns where they step. So many want to know what makes them so different. According to the Chef de Cuisine who serves the aces, there is a special ingredient: seaweed.
Seaweed is a staple of the trio’s “super strict” and highly nutritious diets. This, according to Spanish newspapers Brand and Sport Worldwho claim that the stars regularly eat the so-called “superfood”.
Seaweed is packed with spirulina, which is 70% protein and rich in vitamins (A, B1, B2, C, D, E, and K). They also contain Chlorella, which is 60% protein, which “helps delay aging and more.”
According to studies, it has the ability to “accelerate metabolism and eliminate toxins from the body” at a faster rate than otherwise.
An expert’s word on the secret
Alberto Mastromatteo, a star chef in Spain, is a big advocate of seaweed consumption. According to him, the product “contains great nutritional value”.
“Because with a small amount you get a lot of plant protein, which the body synthesizes even better than animal protein. (…) I fervently believe in the extraordinary nutritional power of microalgae, unparalleled sources of omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids – and other healthy lipids –, vitamins, carotenoids, antioxidants, etc. That’s why I tend to include spirulina and chlorella in all my dishes.”
Ronaldo, Messi and Benzema’s seaweed consumption is clearly having the desired effect as they are still on the rise at their respective clubs.
Ronaldo, 37, was Manchester United’s top scorer last season – scoring 24 times in all competitions.
Meanwhile, Messi, 35, scored 11 goals and provided an impressive 15 assists in his rookie season with Paris Saint-Germain.
Real Madrid forward Benzema, 34, was the most prolific of the trio – scoring an incredible 44 goals in 46 games in all competitions for the Merengue side.