The former Manchester United player believes his Brazilian teammate had problems with sticking to a healthy diet.
Manchester United signed Anderson on a £28 million deal in 2007. The Brazilian midfielder went on to become part of the Red Devils squad that won the Champions League in 2008. Despite winning trophies with Manchester United, Anderson was not successful in retaining his spot in the team's lineup due to his inconsistent performances. Anderson’s former teammate Rafael reveals the Brazilian has struggled to stick to a healthy diet during his time at Old Trafford.
In an extract from his autobiography -
The Sunshine Kids
- published byThe Mirror
, Rafael wrote:
“We could be on the team coach and pass the services on the motorway and Anderson would jump up impulsively and yell 'McDonald's, McDonald's.'
“The guy was crazy, but I love him. Give him a football and he would just play with freedom and sometimes, if he got a good run of games, he could play as well as any player in the league.
“Not only that, but when he was playing well, we were playing brilliant football. He picked up a lot of big injuries and then his problems with eating the way he did started to affect him.
“It was no coincidence that his best form came when he had a lot of games because that was when he couldn't eat so much. I will say something about Anderson – if he had been a professional football player, he could have been the best in the world.
“I'm saying this with all seriousness. I don't know if he ever took anything seriously. He just loved life in such an easy and casual way.
“In some ways that was a quality. It was what made him so popular and one of the most popular players at the club.
“But he would just eat whatever was put in front of him.”
Having featured in 181 matches for the Red Devils between 2007 and 2015, Anderson spent spells at Coritiba FC and Adana Demirspor before announcing his retirement in 2020.
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