Soccer rivals Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi both share the same food indulgence.

Aside from his good looks, Ronaldo is famous around the world is his incredibly fit physique. The Juventus Forward has been hitting the gym for a long time. In fact, ever since he seriously considered himself as an athlete in school, he used to sneak out his dormitory to hit the weight room at night.

At 34, Ronaldo eats high-protein food and limits his sugar intake. Instead of eating one big meal, the Portuguese superstar eats six small meals throughout the day to keep his energy levels up.

However, according to Cheat Sheet, Ronaldo’s children helped him discover the one thing that he’ll let himself indulge in every now and then – “pizza.”

Being the highest paid player over 30 years old Juventus has ever had, it is just right to indulge in everything he desires. Apparently, pizza is the one food that Ronaldo admits to keeping in his diet more than most of his fans would think. According to Ronaldo, he would get bored of his regular diet if he didn’t sneak in some pizza time with his oldest son, Cristiano Jr.

The good thing about Ronaldo’s food indulgence is the fact that he still knows his limitations. Even though Ronaldo may take the occasional pizza break, he’s still one of today’s most physically fit athletes. Last year, “CR7” even stated that he feels he has a biological age of 23 and wants to keep playing into his 40s.

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo may well have to relinquish the Ballon d'Or title to Lionel Messi for 2016. Getty Images

A lot of fans might not know but Ronaldo’s rival Messi is also a huge fan of pizza. A detailed article about the Argentine’s diet stated that Messi, as a teenager, enjoyed fizzy drinks and fast food.

Another report stated that Barcelona manager Charly Rexach once claimed that Messi had “eaten more pizza than he should have done.” Reports also claim that Messi had a hardtime shaking off the habit. In fact, Pep Guardiola has once reportedly demanded a drinks machine be removed because it was too close to the home team’s dressing room at the Camp Nou.

In 2014, Messi began to work with Italian nutritionist Giuliano Poser, a well-known nutritionist who says foods heavy in sugar and refined cereals are detrimental to muscle repair and recuperation of the soccer star. Poser also noted that fresh and dried fruits, nuts, seeds and salads seasoned with just olive oil are pivotal to Messi’s eating regime. The nutritionist was also able to drastically cut down Messi’s consumption of meat.