Since retiring, the former FC Twente and Fulham player has transitioned into teaching and may soon be at the Manchester United training facility.
Bryan Ruiz, a football legend from Costa Rica, has been invited by Manchester United to Carrington in order to obtain some experience before starting a coaching career.
Ruiz, 38, gave up playing professionally after the World Cup in Qatar last year and has since begun his coaching career by working with young athletes.
The former attacking midfielder, who is perhaps best known for his four-year spell at Fulham, is now the U17 coach at another of his former clubs, Deportivo Alajuelense in Costa Rica.
Additionally, Ruiz is well known for his two years at FC Twente, where he was a crucial component of current United assistant Steve McClaren’s legendary league title triumph in 2010.
The Costa Rican was back in Twente over the weekend for Wout Brama’s farewell match with Erik ten Hag, and he claims he was invited to Carrington.
After the game, he told De Telegraaf, “I keep myself in shape. “I exercise, play tennis, and padel. After I stopped, I took a whole six months off and only saw my family during that period. I’ve just started working with Deportivo Alajuelense’s U17 team as a trainer.
“To determine my aptitude as a trainer and whether I will sufficiently enjoy it. I’ve finally been given permission to visit Manchester United to see Steve McClaren and Erik ten Hag. Those are enjoyable activities.
The 2010 league-winning FC Twente team tied 2-2 with Brama’s All-Star team on Friday night thanks to a backheel goal by Ruiz.