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The Importance of Nutrition for Performance

Nutrition is Vital 

Nutrition is vital to any player’s performance. For most physically active players, a generally well-balanced diet is satisfactory. However, those that wish to elevate their game to the next level are encouraged to seek an optimal nutrition plan. With an optimal nutrition plan, players should eat the right food following a proper schedule to achieve the best performance.

Performing at the Highest Level

Even though most players today have accepted that their diets play a big part in performing at the highest level, this wasn’t always the case. In years past, players were notorious for not paying any mind to what they ingest into their bodies. Legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson would confirm this with a chapter in his autobiography’ Drinking to Failure’. A stickler for the rules, the manager expressed his displeasure in a team he had inherited from Ron Atkinson. In his defense, acclaimed manager Ron Atkinson would further enhance Ferguson’s claims.

Scotland
manager
79 years old

"As I traveled towards my first working day at Manchester United, my thoughts on alcohol were all about the damage it could do. Gordon Strachan’s account of excessive drinking by some United players had been confirmed by the chairman, Martin Edwards, and I realized the problem was so serious that it had to be confronted without delay. " 

"Some footballers seem determined to cling to that shift-workers mentality, even to the extent of persuading themselves it is right to go straight from training to a bar."

~Alex Ferguson Managing My Life My Autobiography

England
manager
82 years old

“Under me Manchester United were a team that were supposed to have drunk themselves into oblivion, usually at the Four Seasons Hotel by [Manchester] airport,”

“That was a massive exaggeration. Alcohol was part of the temper of the times in English football and it was not confined to Manchester United.

“I once joined Liverpool on a post-season tour to Israel and I could not believe the amounts of booze that team put away; even those you wouldn’t suspect were big drinkers, like [Alan] Hansen. Everton won two championships with Howard Kendall taking his team to Chinatown most Tuesday afternoons.”

Improved Diet 

It was only in 1996 when a push for improved dietary habits started to take place. In October of that year, Arsène Wenger arrived at Arsenal. Along with implemented new training methods, the manager was keen on changing the player’s nutrition partans. Even though Wenger’s plans got met with skepticism early on, the players would soon begin to rave about his brilliance. With his methods, Wenger started to develop an Arsenal team that would consistently fight for the top spot leading up to their 2003/04 unbeaten season.

England
CB
55 years old

"Something was making me feel like superman. "

"And all this diet, the food change, we suddenly brought in a top chef,"

"Suddenly they were rolling food at us from all directions" 

Most Professional Football Player

Christian Ronaldo is, without a doubt, one of the most professional football players in the world. Ronaldo has come a long way from when he first burst onto the scene at Manchester United. Ronaldo has managed to transform himself into the epitome of a footballer. Aside from his work ethic, the four-time Ballon d’Or winner credits his excellent health to maintaining a disciplined diet.

Portugal
LW, RW, ST, CF
36 years old
Manchester United

"A good workout must be combined with a good diet," 

 "I eat a high protein diet, with lots of wholegrain carbs, fruit and vegetables, and avoid sugary foods."

"If you train regularly, it’s important to keep energy levels high to fuel your body for better performance. I sometimes eat up to six smaller meals a day to make sure I have enough energy to perform each session at top level."

"drinking water is so important."

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