Ruud van Nistelrooy
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Personal information
Full name Rutgerus Johannes Martinus van Nistelrooy
Date of birth 1 July 1976 (1976-07-01) (age 44)
Place of birth    Oss, North Brabant, Flag of Netherlands Netherlands
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth clubs
Flag of Netherlands Nooit Gedacht
Flag of Netherlands RKSV Margriet
Flag of Netherlands Den Bosch
Senior clubs
Years Club App (Gls)
Flag of Netherlands Den Bosch
Flag of Netherlands Heerenveen
Flag of Netherlands PSV
Flag of England Manchester United
Flag of Spain Real Madrid
Flag of Germany Hamburger SV
Flag of Spain Málaga
069 0(17)
031 0(13)
067 0(62)
150 0(95)
068 0(46)
036 0(12)
028 00(4)
449 (249)   
National team
1998–2011 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands 070 0(35)
Teams managed
2014- Flag of Netherlands Netherlands (assistant manager)

Rutgerus Johannes Martinus "Ruud" van Nistelrooy (born 1 July 1976) is a retired Dutch footballer. He is the fourth-highest goalscorer in Champions League history with 56 goals. He is a three-time Champions League top scorer, as well as a top scorer in three different European domestic leagues.

Van Nistelrooy began his career with Den Bosch, before moving onto Heerenveen, eventually making a name for himself at PSV Eindhoven where he won two Dutch leagues. His goalscoring record at PSV attracted attention from Manchester United; a deal was in place in the summer of 2000, but because of injury problems his move was secured a year later for a then British record fee of £19 million. His time at United was successful, winning the Premier League, FA Cup, Football League Cup and FA Community Shield, along with winning the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year twice. Van Nistelrooy hit 150 goals in just 219 games for United, as well as being their all time European record goalscorer, but fell out of favour towards the end of his tenure. Real Madrid then secured his services in 2006. Although an injury blighted the end of his days with Madrid, he did win La Liga twice and the Supercopa de España before signing for Hamburger SV during the January transfer window in 2010. After a season-and-a-half with Hamburg, he moved back to Spain with Málaga in the summer of 2011. His retirement from football was announced on 14 May 2012.

Club career

Early career

International career

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PSV Eindhoven
Manchester United
Real Madrid


External links

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Netherlands – UEFA Euro 2004

1. van der Sar 2. Reiziger 3. Stam 4. Bouma 5. van Bronckhorst 6. Cocu 7. van der Meyde 8. Davids 9. Kluivert 10. van Nistelrooy 11. van der Vaart 12. Makaay 13. Westerveld 14. Sneijder 15. F. de Boer 16. Overmars 17. van Hooijdonk 18. Heitinga 19. Robben 20. Seedorf 21. Bosvelt 22. Zenden 23. Waterreus

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Netherlands – 2006 FIFA World Cup - Round of 16

1. van der Sar 2. Jaliens 3. Boulahrouz 4. Mathijsen 5. van Bronckhorst 6. Landzaat 7. Kuyt 8. Cocu 9. van Nistelrooy 10. van der Vaart 11. Robben 12. Kromkamp 13. Ooijer 14. Heitinga 15. de Cler 16. Maduro 17. van Persie 18. van Bommel 19. Vennegoor of Hesselink 20. Sneijder 21. Babel 22. Timmer 23. Stekelenburg

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Netherlands – UEFA Euro 2008

1. van der Sar 2. Ooijer 3. Heitinga 4. Mathijsen 5. van Bronckhorst 6. De Zeeuw 7. van Persie 8. Engelaar 9. van Nistelrooy 10. Sneijder 11. Robben 12. Melchiot 13. Timmer 14. Bouma 15. De Cler 16. Stekelenburg 17. De Jong 18. Kuyt 19. Huntelaar 20. Afellay 21. Boulahrouz 22. Vennegoor of Hesselink 23. van der Vaart

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