Evra, who played with Ronaldo at Manchester United for three seasons, says the Portugal captain never gets tired of training.
Speaking to ITV’s World Cup podcast, he said: “I would give advice to anybody, when Cristiano invites you for lunch at his house, just say no.
“So he said, ‘Patrice, come over after training.’ I went, you know I was really tired, [and] at the table there was only salad and plain white chicken so I was like, okay, and water, not any juice and we started eating and I was thinking some big meat would be coming after that but there was nothing.
“He just finished and he stood up and he started playing with a ball, doing some skills and he said, ‘Let’s do some two-touch.’
“I was like, can I just finish eating? ‘No, no let’s play two-touch,’ we start playing two touch. After that he said let’s go to the pool to swim, I was like okay… And after going in the jacuzzi, the sauna, I’m done.
“I say, ‘Cristiano why have we come here, have we come here because we have a game tomorrow, or just for lunch?’ So that’s why I would recommend to anyone when Cristiano invite you to his house, don’t go – just say no because this guy, he’s a machine, he doesn’t want to stop training.”