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Adnan Januzaj develops test to help young footballers in the dating scene

Brooks Peck
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Life is changing very fast for 18-year-old Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj. He's been put in the spotlight as a rising star at one of the biggest clubs in the world and he has no less than five countries competing for his international services. Given all this, it can be very difficult for a teenager to know who his friends are and who is just out to take advantage of him. So Januzaj has developed a system to simplify at least one segment of his life. This may not have been intentional.

One of the most famous scenes in A Bronx Tale is when mob boss Sonny explains The Door Test — a way to see if one's date is self-centered or not. Now, Adnan Januzaj has The Nando's Test, in which he wears track bottoms and takes his date to chicken joint Nando's. If she sells her story to The Sun, she fails and the relationship ends right there. And one Melissa Mckenzie failed with flying colors.

From Eurosport:

"I’ve never met anyone so stingy in my life," she told The Sun. "I was so excited for the date. We met on a social network site and I got all dressed up and even got my make-up done – costing me £30.

"I expected him to come to me in a flashy car but I ended up driving him about in my old blue Fiesta and I was left to pay and display. Then he said he was taking me to Nando’s – my face fell."

First things first, they met on a social networking site, so he knew nothing about her except whatever Marilyn Monroe quotes were on her profile. He had to be on guard. Secondly, she even admits that she expected a flashy car, so she clearly had a preconceived notion of what a date with a professional football should be. Note there is no mention of his personality or admiration for him not being materialistic.

If she didn't sell her story to The Sun, he probably would've picked her up for their second date in a brand new Ferrari and lavished her with expensive gifts before taking her to the finest restaurant in town. Or he would've taken her back to Nando's because Nando's is delicious and he was actually just hoping for a cheap hookup the whole time.

This failed romance actually did work out pretty well for Januzaj, though. Upon seeing Ms. Mckenzie's story, Nando's sent Januzaj a £50 gift card. So maybe this was just an elaborate plan to get free Nando's the whole time. Adnan Januzaj might be the smartest footballer of all time.

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Brooks Peck is the editor of Dirty Tackle on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him or follow on Twitter!

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