The footballing fans are always amazed and inspired from the quotes from the legends of the game circulation around the internet. Does it ever occur to anyone that some of the quotes might be misleading, or just plain false? Exactly happened in the case of Ruud van Nistelrooy, who has debunked recent tweets by ESPN and Diario AS about the former Dutch striker believing Lionel Messi to be the better player over his Old Trafford teammate, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Owned by Disney Media Networks, ESPN posted a picture on their Twitter football handle ESPN FC on 22nd October, with the caption “Ruud van Nistelrooy is team Messi”. The picture was Messi in a Barca jersey, followed by a quote by Nistelrooy, putting the Argentine skipper over the other best players of the game. The quote stated the following:
“Nobody comes close to Messi: Cristiano is a scorer, Iniesta is a brain, Salah, Mane, Hazard and Mbappe are all excellent wide players, but Messi is all that combined. No player is at his level, it’s like he is from PlayStation.”
Diario AS, the Spanish daily sports newspaper soon followed up on Twitter, posting the same quote translated in Spanish, along with a photo of the 32 year old.
There were no authenticity behind the quote, and if Nistelrooy didn’t follow up with a dismissal on his official Twitter @RvN1776, it would have been circulated to be legitimate.
Soon after however, the 43 year old Dutchman retweeted both AS and ESPN’s post, stating that he “Never said that.”
Below are the two responses along with the original tweets, courtesy to Twitter user @TotalCristiano.
Soon after the tweets were deleted, Nistelrooy reponded with another tweet the next day, thanking the two media outlets for removing the false quotation.
Thanks for removing the quote AS and espn fc. Let’s enjoy watching Cristiano and Leo while we can!
— Ruud van Nistelrooy (@RvN1776) October 22, 2019
The Red Devils and Los Blancos hall of fame, who hung his boots in 2012, is currently managing the PSV Eindhoven under-19s team.