Ruud van Nistelrooy was sold by Sir Alex Ferguson
after he kicked Cristiano Ronaldo out of frustration in
Manchester United training, Guillem Balague has
Van Nistelrooy left Old Trafford on uncertain terms
after weeks of speculation that he had fallen out with
then manager Ferguson, claims that the Dutch striker
Balague reveals in his new book that Van Nistelrooy
had a training ground bust-up with a young Ronaldo
before being eventually sold to Real Madrid in 2006.
‘I can’t play with this guy. He doesn’t even cross the
ball,’ Van Nistelrooy would often shout in training,
Balague writes in a Telegraph serialisation of
Cristiano Ronaldo: The Biography.
‘I can’t make my runs because he’s not going to cross
In the same piece, Rio Ferdinand offers his opinion
on Van Nistelrooy’s unhappiness with Ronaldo,
believing the striker had become accustomed to
David Beckham’s crossing style and wasn’t a fan of
It was an opinion shared by former goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar: ‘I think Ruud was used to David
[Beckham] crossing the ball every time he had it,’
explained Edwin van der Sar.
‘David didn’t have pace to dribble and beat
opponents, so he had to do something else. Ronnie
had the pace and the tricks.’
‘They had a couple of arguments,’ revealed
Ferdinand. ‘Ruud Van Nistelrooy kicked him one time
and after that I kicked Ruud just to protect Ronnie a
little bit and Ruud swung a punch at me and he
Van Nistelrooy was dropped following the incident
and never appeared for the club again.
Van Nistelrooy allegedly kicked Ronaldo in training
while at United together.
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