- Rio Ferdinand has explained that he almost fought Nistelrooy because of Ronaldo
- That was in a training session in 2003 at Premier League side Manchester United
- Ronaldo and Nistelrooy played for three years before the Dutchman left
Rio Ferdinand has explained that he almost exchanged blows with his former teammate at Manchester United Van Nistelrooy over the ways he treated Cristiano Ronaldo at the club.
Cristiano Ronaldo was in brilliant form for Sporting Lisbon which made former Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson to sign the Portuguese in 2003.
On his arrival at Old Trafford from Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo met Van Nistelrooy who was the one striking for the Red Devils then in all competitions.
Despite their superb pairing up front for Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo and Van Nistelrooy were unable to win the Premier League title before the Dutchman left in 2006.
According to the report on UK Sun, Rio Ferdinand explained that he was not happy with how Van Nistelrooy kicked Cristiano Ronaldo in training.
“One time something happened with Ruud. Ruud van Nistelrooy smashed Cristiano Ronaldo a couple of times, went down his Achilles.
“And then the ball went into Ruud and I smashed Ruud. I said, ‘What you doing? Why you kicking him?
“And then Ruud got up and he was not happy and all the players just got in the way, so nothing happened.''
Cristiano Ronaldo went on to win three Premier League titles at Manchester United and also the Champions League title before he moved to Real Madrid in 2009.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how an unofficial report stated that Portugal international and Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo finished as fifth-best in the 2020 Ballon d'Or awards even though the gala night was cancelled.
French Magazine who are the organizers of the Ballon d'Or decided not to hold the event gala night for the year 2020 due to the problems COVID-19 brought to the whole world.
For almost three months, football League games were suspended in virtually all Europe and also in many parts of the world due to Coronavirus.
In countries like France and Nigeria, the entire 2020 League was cancelled, but in Spain and England, the later concluded the season.
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