Former Manchester United player Ruud van Nistelrooy, was very driven and liked to score so much he hated to be behind rival players on the scoring chart, Rio Ferdinand has revealed.
In a recent chat with MEN, Ferdinand said:
“You’ve had all these rivalries over the years, great players need great rivalries. They need rivalries. They should be looking at each other.
“Ruud van Nistelrooy used to come in the changing room after a game, trust me, we’re trying to win the league, we’ve beat someone 3-1 or 4-1, he’s scored one goal, he’ll come in and look up to the TV [shake his head] and go ‘ohh’.
“He sits down, [we’d ask] ‘Ruud, are you alright, what’s wrong?’And he’ll reply, ‘nothing, nothing’.”
Going further, Ferdinand revealed that RVN was usually devastated to find out that Arsenal’s Thierry Henry had scored more than he did during each match week.
He went on: “Then someone will go, ‘Thierry has scored two today, Ruud has only scored one, so he’s a goal behind now.’
“And he’s sitting there devastated, and you can see it. I used to sit there and this guy is mad, we just won 3-1, he’s scored a banger, set someone up as well, and he’s disappointed.
“That’s the drive you want, the determination. That’s the single-mindedness you need if you want to be at the top.”
Van Nistelrooy remains one of the best forwards United have had in history. In his 219 appearances for the club, he scored 150 times.