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Oct 3, 2012

Ruud: Ronaldo is vain, not arrogant

Ruud van Nistelrooy has claimed his former Manchester United and Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo is a vain person, but not arrogant.

Van Nistelrooy, now retired, was with Ronaldo at United from 2003 until 2006, while he also played alongside him at Madrid during the 2009-10 season.

The Portugal captain has a negative reputation in the game for being a prima donna, however, the former Netherlands international insists that really he is a funny and down to earth character.

"I never saw him as an arrogant guy. He was always open to advice and not arrogant at all. He was a great guy in the dressing room. He was really vain, but always in a good mood and making jokes," he told Algemeen Dagblad.

The ex-Malaga striker also believes his old team-mate has blossomed into one of the best players in the world today, due to his incredible work ethic.

"I talked to him like attackers talk among each other. A lot of his individual actions were not necessary and he lacked efficiency. He still had a lot of room for improvement," Van Nistelrooy added.

"He worked incredibly hard to become a better player, though. And that's clearly paid off. He really is crazy about the game and always wanted to become the perfect player.

"He's had to work hard to get where he is now. He put in a lot of extra hours after training. And look at where it's got him. He is big, strong, has pace and scores tons of goals. He is a very committed professional."

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