"I like Bobby so much I wish I didn't have to score against him,'' said the 25-year-old, after his hat-trick on Saturday.
"He has been really influential in my career. He passed on his passion, his desire for football and his vision for the game.
"It's amazing how he passes on fighting spirit and great feeling to the players. He did that to me and I'm very grateful for that.''
Nobody forced you to score Ruud, although to have missed any of those three may have looked a little suspect.