Tuesday, 1 October 2013
Revelation Of The Day: Roy Keane, Nicky Butt & Paul Scholes Used To Deliberately Kick Cristiano Ronaldo Every Day To Toughen Him Up
In what might just be the least unsurprising football revelation ever revealed, Phil Neville has lifted the lid on Manchester United’s training sessions of yesteryear, in which he, Roy Keane, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes took it upon themselves to hack Cristiano Ronaldo’s diving tendencies out of him in a bid to curb his outrageous play-acting.
Speaking to ITV reporter Gabriel Clarke as part of an imminent Ronaldo documentary, Chopper Nev said:
“[Ronaldo] dived a lot. He tried to buy fouls and he came in for a lot of criticism. The boys [at Man Utd] were hard on him for his diving and it was putting us under pressure.
“I’d say the first 12 months there was a massive toughening up process. In training at the time you had Keane, Butt, Scholes, and every time he got the ball they kicked him and they kicked him – not just once, they kicked him every day, every week, all season.”