Anderson’s love of McDonald’s stopped him being ‘the best in the world’ as former Manchester United teammate reveals Brazilian ‘never took anything seriously’

Anderson could have been the best player in the world if it wasn’t for his love of McDonald’s, his former teammate has revealed.

The Brazilian retired from football aged 32 last year, finishing his career with Turkish side Adama Demispor.

Anderson achieved plenty in his career but failed to push on from his initial promise
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He’s best known for his eight years with Manchester United having won four Premier League titles in that time.

However, Anderson struggled with issues surrounding his weight and physique throughout his career and former Red Devils teammate Rafael revealed the ex-midfielder had a particular penchant for the American fast food outlet.

In his new joint autobiography with twin brother Fabio, the ex-United full-back said: “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.

Rafael didn’t specify want Anderson’s go-to meal at Maccies was

“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.

Rafael played with Anderson at Man United for seven years (2008-15)

“I’m saying this was 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.”

Anderson joined the Red Devils from Porto in 2007 and played 181 times for Man United.

The 2008 Golden Boy winner had a loan spell at Fiorentina in 2014 before moving to Internacional in his homeland. He spent the final two years of his career in Turkey.