LOUIS SAHA has revealed that Ruud van Nistelrooy once reduced Cristiano Ronaldo to tears over an argument shortly after the death of the Portuguese star’s father in 2005.
The former striker – who played alongside the duo at Old Trafford – has claimed that the pair didn’t always see eye-to-eye as the Dutchman wanted to score all the goals.
Saha has stated that Van Nistelrooy‘s hunger proved to be difficult for the younger players of Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad.
Speaking to FourFourTwo, he said: “Ruud had that kind of ego: he wanted all the passes.
“And sometimes, for the development ofCristiano Ronaldoand Wayne Rooney, it was difficult for the manager to deal with.
Did Ruud make Ronaldo cry? Yeah, there were stories because I think they ended up in an argument at the moment when Cristianos father had passed away, so it wasnt the right moment.
“Things like that happen when two players have lots of spirit, but Im sure Ruud regrets some of his words.”
Ronaldo and Van Nistelrooy were briefly reunited at Real Madrid, but the ex-PSV forward was shipped off to Hamburg after just six months together.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner – who was also left crying during an interview with Piers Morgan about his father – declared last month that Van Nistelrooy was one of his key inspirations.
Sir Alex Fergusons friend, Alastair Campbell, has also spoke of an argument between the duo that culminated in the ex-Aberdeen gaffer sending home Van Nistelrooy.
He said: “The United manager was not sure what was going to happen with Ruud van Nistelrooy.
“Very self-centred. The last straw was when he toldCristiano Ronaldohe had found a new dad in [assistant coach] Carlos [Queiroz} just after Ronaldos dad, who was an alcoholic, had died.
“Carlos asked him to show respect and he said he didnt 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.”