- Rio Ferdinand says rivalry existed between Henry and van Nistelrooy
- The duo were prolific during their spell with the Premier League clubs
- While the former United star scored 150 goals, the ex-Gunner netted 226 times
Rio Ferdiand has recounted the level of rivalry between the then Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy and former Arsenal goal king Thierry Henry, SunSport reports.
Van Nistelrooy and Ferdinand were two of the greatest strikers that have featured in the Premier League and according to the Ferdinand, his team-mate gets sad when news of Henry scoring reaches him.
In his six seasons at Manchester United, the Dutchman scored a massive 150 goals for the Reds in his 219 appearances while Henry netted 226 times in 369 games he featured for the London club in nine seasons.
They were the most prolific in England during their time as Henry is arguably Arsenal greatest player in history.
According to Ferdinand, van Nistelrooy used to get moody any weekend the Arsenal goal poacher scores more than him.
"He sits down, (we ask) 'Ruud, are you alright, what's wrong?' And he'll reply, 'nothing, nothing.'
"Then someone will go, 'Thierry has scored two today, Ruud has only scored one, so he's a goal behind now.' And he's sitting there devastated, and you can see it.
"I used to sit there and this guy is mad, we just won 3-1, he's scored a banger, set someone up as well, and he's disappointed."
Ferdinand added that despite van Nistelrooy's seemingly over-dramatic reaction, he was happy to have players like him in his team.
Legit.ng earlier reported that van Nistelrooy is the eight top Premier League goal scorer in history.
He was Manchester United's main man for a long time. Ruud van Nistelrooy's stay in the Premier League was shorter than most players, which is why his rate is phenomenal.
He is referred to as the Dutch goal machine.
He rattled in 95 goals in five seasons while at Old Trafford, scoring over 20 goals in four of those seasons. His rate is 0.63.
Meanwhile, Ferdinand has recalled the time he felt Cristiano Ronaldo was given too much liberty after former boss Alex Ferguson gave him a break after the death of his father.
The Portuguese star lost his father in his second year with Man United when the tragic incident happened and he was let go for some days.
But Ferdinand thought otherwise after the legendary boss Ferguson gave Ronaldo a couple of days off after receiving the tragic new.
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