Neil Ruddock: 'Footballers can't enjoy their money like we did'

Neil Ruddock on the touchline on August 27, 2001
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Former Liverpool defender Neil Ruddock says that nowadays footballers are unable to enjoy the money they earn.

Former Liverpool defender Neil Ruddock believes that today's professionals are unable to enjoy the "tons" of money they earn.

The 44-year-old, who recently appeared in the latest version of reality TV show Celebrity Big Brother, has claimed that players are unable to "let their hair down" and get "smashed" on booze like he used to do with his Liverpool teammates in the '90s.

"Footballers nowadays are getting tons a week but couldn't enjoy their money like we did," Ruddock told Loaded magazine. "They can't go to pubs and clubs and let their hair down like we did. We had a drinking culture, especially at Liverpool. If you didn't drink, you didn't play for the club.

"Every Tuesday we had to go out and get smashed, it was what we called team bonding, even the gaffer didn't mind. When I was out I used to drink half pints, not to pace myself but so when people looked at you they'd think you were clever, being sensible by drinking less."

Ruddock also admitted in the interview that he would like to injure Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.

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