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'Ronaldo Should Be In The Circus, Not the Pitch'

Former Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand revealed why Ruud van Nistlerooy always used to shout at Cristiano Ronaldo in training.

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The Portuguese winger joined the Red Devils from Sporting Lisbon in 2003 and was known as a player with a lot of skill as he showcased in a pre-season game against United.

It seems those tricks and flicks did not sit well with Van Nistlerooy, who used storm off angry, according to Ferdinand.

“It didn't happen instantly but he was unbelievably skilful and he was there to entertain the crowd. He loved doing skills,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.

“He used to get snapped in training but I remember one time, I think it was a good moment for him but he didn't take it too well. Ruud was the man at United at the time. He was the man who scored all the goals.

“Ronaldo had the ball wide and was doing tricks and Ruud was making the run in the box, Ronaldo didn't pass and Ruud went crazy, screaming: ‘He should be in the circus, he shouldn't be on the pitch’. Ruud walked in, off the training pitch, and Ronaldo got upset and angry – ‘why is he talking to me like that?’.

“He was 18 or 19 at the time. Some kids would've gone under and lost confidence. Some would've kept doing the same but Ronaldo knew that Ruud might be right and then it became all about numbers, about statistics, goals. What is going to make him the best player in the world?

“We used to say to him, take the mick out of him and say ‘you are not the real No.7 at the club, you've got George Best and David Beckham’ and you could see him thinking, ‘how can I derail them?’”

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