Ex-Manchester United star Rafael believes Anderson could have been ‘the best in the world’ had he not been fond of takeaway BURGERS, as he reveals he would yell he would have to stop at McDonald’s if they passed it on the way to spell
- Anderson won four Premier League titles and a Champions League crown
- However, he rarely got a consistent run of games at Manchester United
- The midfielder has scored just 118 starts in seven and a half years at Old Trafford
- After returning to Brazil, Anderson retired as a player in September 2020
- But he is now enjoying a new life as an assistant manager in Turkey
Former Manchester United right-back Rafael believes his former Red Devils team-mate, Anderson, could have been ‘the best in the world’ had he not been fond of takeout burgers.
Anderson joined the club in 2007 with much fanfare from Porto as one of the most promising teenagers in world football.
Despite being part of four Premier League-winning teams and winning the breathtaking Champions League final over Chelsea in 2008, the midfielder’s constant battle for form and fitness meant that he had just 118 starts in seven and a half years at Old. Trafford before returning to his native Brazil with Internacional.
Anderson never reached the heights expected of him when he arrived at Manchester United
Now former Red Devils teammate Rafael has said it was his love of burgers that held him back
Rafael made the comments in his autobiography co-written with his twin brother Fabio (right)
Rafael, who now plays for Istanbul Basaksehir and played against United in the Champions League last season, has now shared in a joint autobiography with his twin brother Fabio why Anderson has never reached the heights expected of him.
“We could be in the team coach and pass the services on the highway and Anderson would impulsively jump up and yell ‘McDonald’s, McDonald’s,'” the 31-year-old wrote in quotes sent by the Mirror.
“The man was crazy, but I love him. Give him a football and he would just play with freedom and sometimes if he had a good run of games he could play as well as any other player in the league.
“He suffered a lot of major injuries and then his problems eating the way he did started to affect him.
“It was no coincidence that his best form came when he played a lot of games because then he couldn’t eat that much.
“I’ll say something about Anderson – if he had been a professional footballer he could have been the best in the world.
Anderson is now an assistant manager and will coach in Turkey’s top flight this season
“I say this was all serious. I don’t know if he ever took anything seriously. He just loved life in such an easy and casual way.’
After winning the league title in his opening season with Internacional, his influence at the Estadio Beira-Rio waned and after a loan spell at Coritiba, he spent two seasons with Turkish second-class team Adana Demirspor before announcing his retirement last September. , who was just appointed assistant manager of the club.
It is a position he still holds, with the 33-year-old helping the team to the title and promotion to the Super Lig, where they will face Besiktas, Fenerbahce and Galatasaray next season.