Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has revealed that Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo used to go 'mad' in training when Red Devils players declared legend David Beckham as the real No.7.
Speaking on Fletch And Sav this morning, Ferdinand, who retired from the game at the end of last season, claims the likes of Quinton Fortune, Darren Fletcher and Wayne Rooney joined himself in taunting Ronaldo.
Beckham, of course, donned the famous shirt before Ronaldo took it on in 2003. The versatile forward, now recognised as one of the greatest players to have ever played the game, enjoyed incredible success during his six-year spell in Manchester.
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And it appears that taunts from his fellow teammates at the Theatre of Dreams helped Ronaldo become the leading player that he is today.
Ferdinand stated: "We'd be in the changing room and me, Quinton Fortune, Fletch, and Wazza used to say to him that Becks is the real No.7 at the club.
"He's the daddy; Ronaldo's down here. He used to go mad in training, you could see it boiling up inside of him because he was that desperate to be a superstar."
The Messi rivalry
As Ferdinand goes on to mention, it's the rivalry with Argentine superstar Lionel Messi that has really helped Ronaldo come to prominence in recent years. The duo, despite the immense competition, have been brilliant for each other in their pursuit of becoming the best in the game.
The majority of the Manchester United faithful will no doubt see Ronaldo as the superior player, but they have both enjoyed quite incredible careers.
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