Marco Verratti’s unhealthy lifestyle revealed after display vs Manchester United

Manchester United v Paris Saint-Germain - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg

Manchester United's long-awaited Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night didn't disappoint - for neutral fans that is. 

Despite PSG travelling to Old Trafford without two of their star players, Edinson Cavani and Neymar, they still put on quite a show. 

Goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe ensured the French side came out on top in what was a proper European night under the floodlights. 

Although the football wasn't exactly free-flowing for 90 minutes, both teams had some exciting moments and showed signs of brilliance. 

There were also a number of flashpoints involving the returning Angel Di Maria and just minutes before the final whistle, Paul Pogba was sent off.  

In the end though, it was the visitors who came out on top and before the second leg even kicks off in Paris, many believe the tie is already over.

STEPPING UP 

In the absence of Neymar and Cavani, it was down to the rest of PSG's team to step up and show the rest of Europe what they're about. And one man who did so brilliantly was Marco Verratti. 

The midfielder himself had only just returned from injury a few days before Tuesday's crunch match and therefore, was only expected to play around an hour or so of the game. 

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But he lasted 75 minutes and played a vital role in the French champions escaping Old Trafford with a commanding lead. 

Verratti's performance took many by surprise, including French football journalist Julien Laurens, who opened up about the Italian's rather shocking lifestyle after the match.

UNHEALTHY LIFESTYLE 

"For me Verratti, because he was not fit, because he was not 100 percent, because he’s only played one game in the last month," Laurens told the BBC when asked who his standout performer was. 

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"Last week he was partying until 6am for Neymar’s birthday, because he smokes, because he drinks because he’s out almost every day of the week.

"When he comes out with a game like this tonight at Old Trafford I think it’s just sensational." 

As well as revealing details of Verratti's seemingly wild lifestyle, Laurens went on to suggest the if he had the right work ethic, he could be one of the best midfielders in the world. 

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WASTED POTENTIAL?

"I think if he had the lifestyle of Cristiano Ronaldo, for example, the work ethic of him, I don’t where he would be in terms of world-class midfielders," the journalist continued.

"But the ability he has combined with the lifestyle that he has at the moment and yet still being able to put out a performance like tonight is just incredible."  

Check out his appearance on BBC Radio 5 Live below. 

It's actually quite surprising that a team as big as PSG allow one of their players to lead a lifestyle like Verratti's. 

But, he's capable of putting in performances like last night even when he's not fully fit, so, it's clearly not a massive issue. 

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