Ruud van Nistelrooy & Manchester United
Most Man United fans have fond memories of Ruud van Nistelrooy.
The Dutch striker scored 150 goals during five seasons at Man United and bagged in 10 consecutive Premier League games, a record at the time.
During his time at Old Trafford, Van Nistelrooy won the Premier League, FA Cup and the League Cup.
RVN left United in 2006 when he joined Real Madrid in a €14 million deal.
RVN & Cristiano Ronaldo
The weekend, the Sunday Times have revealed several stories from the latest batch of diaries published by Tony Blair’s former communications chief, Alastair Campbell.
Perhaps the most shocking story relates to Van Nistelrooy.
According to Campbell, the lethal centre-forward was pushed towards the Old Trafford exit door after he offended Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Sunday Times report the story as follows:
In June 2006, Campbell met up with Ferguson again, this time in the south of France. The United manager was “not sure what was going to happen with Ruud van Nistelrooy [Man U player]. Very self-centred. The last straw was when he told Cristiano Ronaldo he had found a new dad in Carlos [Queiroz, Ferguson’s assistant] – just after Ronaldo’s dad, who was an alcoholic, had died.
“Carlos asked him to show respect and he said he didn’t respect anyone there. He later apologised but CR was not having it. Alex sent van Nistelrooy home when he heard about it later. He was not sure what he was going to do with him.”
Van Nistelrooy left Man United that summer.