A recently published book has outlined how a feud between Cristiano Ronaldo and Ruud van Nistelrooy resulted in the departure of the Dutchman from Manchester United in 2006.
The was disclosed in a new batch of diaries published by a friend of Sir Alex Ferguson, Alastair Campbell. The publication covered events that took place between 2005 and 2007 and has provided a clue to the mysterious departure of Van Nistelrooy from Old Trafford.
Campbell has provided confirmation on a rumor that had been making the rounds that the Dutchman had insulted Cristiano Ronaldo and had made reference to his then recently deceased father.
“The United manager was not sure what was going to happen with Ruud van Nistelrooy,” the extract from June 2006 reads.
“Very self-centered. The last straw was when he told Cristiano Ronaldo he had found a new dad in [assistant coach] Carlos [Queiroz} – 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 Manchester United and moved to Real Madrid in July 2006 where he played before making another move to Hamburg in 2010.