Last updated : 15 January 2003 By Editor
Speaking to Dutch magazine Voetbal International Ruud Van Nistelrooy has explained that football players in the Premiership earn too much money. He said:

"If you play in the first team at United, your wages are astronomical"

"Honestly, what we earn is not just a whacking amount of money by Dutch standards, it's obscene when you compare it to what is earned in the rest of Europe.

"As a player you choose a club and you pick the ideal country where you want to play, but I admit that the size of your wage packet plays a major part."

I bet Fergie wasn't too pleased to hear he had said this though.

"The players spend a lot of time travelling. Oh, and maybe I shouldn't say this but a lot of them play cards.

"Yes, they play for money. I can see them writing stuff down all the time when they are playing. They play on the train when we go to London, in hotels or on the plane and the manager is fine as long as he is winning.

"But I don't want to be a hypocrite, they can afford it."

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