Rio Ferdinand reveals that Ruud van Nistelrooy has told Cristiano Ronaldo to join CIRCUS for a stunning training ground at Manchester United … and the former England defender said the Portuguese starlet’s reaction had shown why he was for the top was intended
- Cristiano Ronaldo was Rio Ferdinand’s teammate at Manchester United
- Ferdinand admits that the striker “joined the club as a boy and left as a man”.
- Ex-defender admitted that the training pitch spat with Ruud van Nistelrooy was key
- According to Ferdinand, Ronaldo has the best attitude in the game
Rio Ferdinand has shown how a training ground between Cristiano Ronaldo and Ruud van Nistelrooy helped the Portuguese forge the desire to become one of the best in the world.
After joining United as a relatively unknown teenager, Ronaldo became one of the game’s greatest players before sealing a world record transfer to Real Madrid in the summer of 2009 after six years at Old Trafford.
Former team-mate Ferdinand, who played alongside the Portuguese striker all his time at the club, admits that Ronaldo’s mindset was the strongest he has ever seen in his career and it has helped make today’s Juventus star ‘of to make a boy into a man “.
Rio Ferdinand claims that Cristiano Ronaldo (left at Juventus) had the greatest impact on Manchester United’s dressing room (right) before leaving in 2009
But Ferdinand revealed a showdown with legendary striker Ruud van Nistelrooy that inspired Ronaldo to improve his game.
Ferdinand claimed Van Nistelrooy was so sick of Ronaldo not giving a cross, telling the Portuguese star he belonged “in a circus”. A moment that the former England defender believed was a pivotal turning point for Ronaldo to take the focus off his skills and stepovers.
“It didn’t happen right away, but he was incredibly skilled and he was there to entertain the crowd,” Ferdinand said on BT Sport on Thursday. ‘He loved practicing skills.
“He used to get caught in training, but I remember it was a good moment for him once but he didn’t take it that well. Ruud [Van Nistelrooy] was the man at United at the time. He was the man who scored all the goals.
‘Ronaldo had the ball far and was doing tricks and Ruud was running in the box, Ronaldo didn’t pass and Ruud went crazy and screamed. “He should be in the circus, he shouldn’t be on the pitch,” said Ruud and Ruud came in from the training field and Ronaldo got angry and angry – “why is he talking to me like that?”
He was then 18 or 19 years old. Some children would have perished and lost confidence. Some would have done the same, but Ronaldo knew Ruud might be right and then it was all about numbers, stats and goals. What makes him the best player in the world?
“We used to say to him, take the microphone off him and say,” You’re not the real number 7 in the club, you have George Best and Beckham “and you could see him thinking,” How can I derail them? ” “‘
Sir Alex Ferguson (center) signed Ronaldo for United as a relatively unknown teenager in the summer of 2003 when he unveiled the striker along with colleague Kleberson
Ferdinand (left) claims that Ronaldo came to the Red Devils as a boy and left as a man
After Van Nistelrooy’s departure in 2006, Ronaldo formed a fatal partnership with Wayne Rooney that helped the Red Devils celebrate three straight Premier League and Champions League titles in 2008.
“I don’t know of a stronger, more determined and more obsessed player with whom I shared a dressing room,” said Ferdinand.
“I was fortunate to see how he went from boy to man over a couple of years and he influenced the training sessions. He was absolutely obsessed with winning a training session and scoring the final goal. ‘
Ronaldo soon changed his mentality to focus on becoming the best at Manchester United
A training ground spat with Ruud van Nistelrooy
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