Ruud Van Nistelrooy Profile

Ruud Van Nistelrooy

Rut­ger­us Jo­hannes Mar­tinus van Nistel­rooy, born Oss, Neth­er­lands, Ju­ly 1,1976. Ruud van Nistel­rooy made his com­pet­it­ive de­but for Man­chester Uni­ted in a 2-1 loss to Liver­pool at Mil­len­ni­um Sta­dium in the FA Char­ity Shield on the 12th of Au­gust 2001 and pro­ceeded to net 150 goals in 220 ga­mes be­fore he went on to play for Re­al Mad­rid, Ham­burg, and Malaga.

Hail­ing from North Bra­bant, Ruud van Nistel­rooy star­ted his goal scor­ing ca­reer wi­th Den Bosch in 1993. Af­ter con­trib­ut­ing 13 Lea­gue hits in 31 mat­ches for The Blue White Dragons dur­ing the 1996–97 cam­paign, the nat­ur­al born marks­man went on to ap­pear for Heer­en­veen be­fore he de­cided to join for­ces wi­th am­bi­tious PSV Eind­hoven at the end of the 1997-08 sea­son. As his fa­me spread, he was ev­entually bro­ught to Pre­mier Lea­gue Cham­pi­ons Man­chester Uni­ted by Sir Al­ex Fer­guson for an es­tim­ated trans­fer fee of £19 mil­lion in the sum­mer of 2001. A fast and power­ful marks­man wi­th a fe­ro­cious shot, he was han­ded his Pre­miership de­but for Uni­ted in a 3-2 tri­umph ag­ainst re­cently pro­moted Ful­ham at Old Traf­ford on the open­ing day of the 2001-02 sea­son, scor­ing two of the goals. As a Man­chester Uni­ted play­er, the in­dus­tri­ous cent­ral at­tack­er won the Pre­miership in 2003, the FA Cup in 2004, and the Lea­gue Cup in 2006. On the fi­nal day of the 2005-06 sea­son, how­ever, the Dutch­man fell out wi­th Sir Al­ex and would sub­sequently leave Old Traf­ford for Span­ish Primera Di­vi­sion si­de Re­al Mad­rid fol­low­ing 95 Pre­mier Lea­gue goals in 150 ap­pear­ances for The Reds. Af­ter scor­ing 46 La Liga goals in 68 out­ings for The Whi­tes, he spent one-and-a-ha­lf sea­son at Ger­man Bundes­liga out­fit Ham­burger SV be­fore he made a move to Malaga where he fin­ished off his goal scor­ing ca­reer in 2012. An in­ter­na­tion­al for the Neth­er­lands, Van Nistel­rooy hit 35 goals in 70 ga­mes for his na­tion af­ter ma­king his seni­or de­but for The Fly­ing Dutch­men in a 1-1 friendly draw wi­th Ger­many at Park­sta­di­on in Gelsen­kirchen on the 18th of Nov­ember 1998. Ruud van Nistel­rooy Play­ing Ca­reer: Den Bosch, Heer­en­veen, PSV Eind­hoven, Man­chester Uni­ted, Re­al Mad­rid, Ham­burger SV, Malaga. Play­ing Hon­ours: Dutch Ere­divis­ie 2000, 2001, Jo­han Cruy­ff Shield 1998, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue 2003, Eng­lish FA Cup 2004, Eng­lish FA Com­munity Shield 2003, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Cup 2006, Span­ish Primera Di­vi­sion 2007, 2008, Span­ish Su­per Cup 2008.


Ruud van Nistelrooy Quickfacts

Ruud van Nistel­rooy re­gistgered his fir­st hat-trick for Man­chester Uni­ted in a com­pre­hens­ive 6-1 Pre­mier Lea­gue tri­umph ag­ainst South­ampton at Old Traf­ford on the 22nd of Dec­ember 2001.


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