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Ruud van Nistelrooy
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Personal information
Full name Rutgerus Johannes
Martinus van Nistelrooij
Date of birth 1 July 1976 (1976-07-01) (age 33)
Place of birth Oss, North Brabant, Netherlands
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2+12 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Hamburg
Number 22
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1997 Den Bosch 69 (17)
1997–1998 Heerenveen 31 (13)
1998–2001 PSV Eindhoven 67 (62)
2001–2006 Manchester United 150 (95)
2006–2010 Real Madrid 68 (46)
2010– Hamburg 3 (2)
National team
1998–2008 Netherlands 64 (33)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:15, 6 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11:06, 24 January 2010 (UTC)

Rutgerus Johannes Martinus van Nistelrooij (Dutch pronunciation: [ryt vɐn 'nɪstəlroːɛi]  ( listen); born 1 July 1976), better known as Ruud van Nistelrooy, is a Dutch footballer who plays as a striker for German Bundesliga club Hamburg. He is currently the second-highest goalscorer in Champions League history with 60 goals. He is a three-time Champions League top scorer, as well as a top scorer in three different European domestic leagues.

Club career

Early career

Born in Oss, North Brabant, Van Nistelrooy started his professional career in 1993 with Dutch second division side Den Bosch, where he was converted from a central defender to centre forward after playing part-time for Nooit Gedacht and Magriet. After netting 12 goals in 31 games in the 1996–97 campaign, he transferred for 360,000 to Heerenveen the next year, and scored 13 goals in 31 matches in his only season with the club. He was then signed by PSV Eindhoven the next season for €6.3 million, a then-record transfer sum between two Dutch teams.

He scored 31 goals in 34 matches, the highest season total in the Eredivisie and second-highest in Europe overall, in addition to scoring all three of PSV's goals in a Champions League match against HJK Helsinki on 25 November 1998. Van Nistelrooy capped off the year by winning the Dutch Player of the Year award. The next season, he won his second Eredivisie scoring title with 29 goals. According to a 2001 interview with The Telegraph, Manchester United coach Alex Ferguson said that his son Darren, who was at tryouts for Eredivisie rival Heerenveen at the time, begged his father, "You've got to sign Van Nistelrooy right away, he's fantastic. We've been watching him."[2] Ferguson sent team representatives to PSV's next league game and signed Van Nistelrooy the next day.[2]

Van Nistelrooy looked set to complete an £18.5 million transfer to Manchester United in the summer of 2000. A press conference had been called to confirm Van Nistelrooy's arrival, but instead this was used to announce that the transfer had been delayed over concerns about his fitness. Days later, he suffered ruptured cruciate knee ligaments during a training session and the deal was axed.[3] When the transaction was completed in April 2001, United were forced to pay PSV an additional £500,000 for the player's services.

Manchester United

Van Nistelrooy playing for Manchester United against Chelsea.

Van Nistelrooy signed a five-year contract after passing his medical.[4] He downplayed United's £19 million investment to reporters, saying "The price is not heavy for me - it lifts me up because it means United have big confidence in me."[2] During his first season, Van Nistelrooy scored 23 goals in 32 league games. He broke the record he shared with Mark Stein, Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry, by scoring in eight consecutive league games. He also scored 10 Champions League goals, and was named the PFA Players' Player of the Year. The following season, he finished as the top Premier League scorer with 25 in 34 games, including three hat-tricks, and he ended the season on another eight-game scoring streak.[5] He started the 2003–04 season by scoring twice in his first two league matches, which boosted his goals in consecutive games record to 10 matches in a row. He scored his 100th goal for the club in a 4–3 victory over Everton on 7 February 2004. He scored two goals, one a penalty, in United's victory over Millwall in the 2004 FA Cup Final.[6]

Van Nistelrooy missed most of the 2004–05 season due to injury, but nonetheless scored a Champions League-best eight goals. One of them was his thirtieth career European goal, which he scored in a 2–2 Champions League group stage draw with Lyon on 16 September 2004, overtaking Denis Law's previous club record of 28 goals. Law later said to reporters, "I'm delighted for Ruud. It could not happen to a nicer guy."[7] Manchester United were eliminated by eventual finalists Milan in the knockout stage after going scoreless in both legs.

At the start of the 2005–06 season, Van Nistelrooy scored in United's first four Premier League games. He finished as the second-highest league scorer with 21 goals, behind Arsenal's Thierry Henry. By the end of his fifth season with United, Van Nistelrooy had amassed 150 goals in fewer than 200 starts.

Van Nistelrooy shields the ball during a match against Tottenham Hotspur.

Van Nistelrooy was benched for the League Cup final against Wigan Athletic, fuelling speculation of a rift between him and coach Alex Ferguson, which Van Nistelrooy denied. He was nonetheless left on the bench for six consecutive league matches, and though he then returned to the starting line-up and scored match-winners against West Ham United and Bolton Wanderers, fresh doubt spread over Van Nistelrooy's future when he was benched for United's season finale win over Charlton Athletic. Ferguson claimed that Van Nistelrooy was angry at the decision and left the stadium three hours before kick-off.

On 9 May 2006, Setanta Sports reported that Van Nistelrooy's exclusion from the squad was due to a training session fight between him and team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo. Van Nistelrooy allegedly criticised Ronaldo's tendency to hold onto the ball instead of passing to his team-mates, which sparked the fight, after which Van Nistelrooy remarked, "Go crying to your daddy." The article claimed that this was not a reference to Ronaldo's father (who had died earlier in the season), but to United's Portuguese assistant coach, Carlos Queiroz.[8]

Van Nistelrooy signed with Spanish side Real Madrid on 28 July 2006, departing Manchester United after five seasons with a total of 150 goals in 220 appearances, as well as the club's all-time European scoring record with 38 goals.

Real Madrid

Van Nistelrooy in action for Real Madrid.

On 15 July 2006, Ferguson confirmed that Van Nistelrooy wanted to leave Manchester United, and Real Madrid announced two weeks later that he had signed a three-year contract after being purchased for €24 million.[9]

Van Nistelrooy scored a hat-trick in his second league match against Levante and, on 12 November 2006, he scored all four of Real Madrid's goals in a 4–1 victory over Osasuna. He won the league's Pichichi award with 25 goals as Real Madrid took home the 2006–07 title, and he also equalled the longest consecutive scoring streak in La Liga history with seven straight matches, tying a league record shared by Hugo Sánchez.[10]

In January 2008, Van Nistelrooy signed a contract extension keeping him with Madrid until 2010, with the expiration date one day shy of his 34th birthday.[11] He underwent ankle surgery in March,[12] and returned for the El Clásico derby against Barcelona on 7 May, in which he netted a penalty two minutes after coming on as a substitute.[13] He finished the season with 20 goals in 32 appearances.

In November 2008, Real Madrid announced that Van Nistelrooy would miss the remainder of the 2008–09 season after exploratory arthroscopic surgery revealed a partially torn meniscus in his right knee, with an expected recovery time of six to nine months following a second operation to repair the damage.[14] Van Nistelrooy travelled to the United States to see specialist Richard Steadman, who had previously operated on the same knee back in 2000. At the time of his injury, he had 10 goals in 12 club appearances for the season.[15] Following the injury, he was de-registered by Real Madrid for the rest of the 2008–09 season, and his shirt number was given to Dani Parejo. In the last preseason game before the start of La Liga, Van Nistelrooy stepped on the pitch for the first time since his injury and played the last fifteen minutes of the game against Rosenborg, substituting Kaka. Van Nistelrooy came on for Cristiano Ronaldo in the 80th minute against Xerez in his first La Liga match since recovering from his injury. In the 81st minute, he provided the assist for a Benzema goal, following it with his own 88th minute goal. However, during his strike, he picked up a thigh injury. It was revealed by Real Madrid that he would be out from first team action for up to 6 weeks.[16] On October 27 Van Nistelrooy made his second comeback of the season coming on as a substitute for Raul in the 71st minute against Alcorcon in the Copa del Rey

Hamburg

On 23 January 2010, Van Nistelrooy signed an 18-month contract with Hamburg that would keep him with the German club until June 2011.[17][18] He made his first appearance for the club, coming off the bench in the last two minutes of Hamburg's 3–3 draw with Cologne on 6 February.[19] Van Nistelrooy scored his first two goals for Hamburg on 13 February 2010 against Stuttgart in the 75th and 77th minutes of a 3–1 win, after entering the game just a few minutes prior.[20] On the 11th of march 2010, Ruud van Nistelrooy scored his first goal in the Europa League in minute 40 against RSC Anderlecht .[21]

International career

Van Nistelrooy has 64 caps and 33 goals for the Netherlands. His first tournament was Euro 2004, where he and the Czech Republic's Milan Baroš were the only players to score in all three group stage matches.

Van Nistelrooy (front) with Robin van Persie.

As the Dutch failed to qualify for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Van Nistelrooy had to wait four years to play in his first and last World Cup. During a 2006 World Cup qualifying match, he scored in the Dutch's 4-0 hammering of bottom-placed Andorra and was yellow-carded for going to Andorra player Antoni Lima and celebrating in front of him, following an incident six minutes before when Nistelrooy missed a penalty and Lima laughed at him[22] He was a part of coach Marco van Basten's squad for the 2006 World Cup finals, for which he served as the official FIFA/SOS ambassador.[23] He started, and was substituted, in all of the Netherlands' group stage matches, and scored his lone goal against the Côte d'Ivoire. Van Nistelrooy was benched for the Netherlands' final match, which saw them eliminated in the knockout stage by Portugal.

Van Basten left the striker off the squad for a friendly against the Republic of Ireland on 16 August 2006.[24] Dirk Kuyt replaced Van Nistelrooy in their next match against Portugal in September.[25] After Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was unavailable for UEFA Euro 2008 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Belarus due to injury, Van Nistelrooy refused Van Basten's request to take his place on the roster.

On 23 January 2007, Van Nistelrooy announced his retirement from international football following some disputes with coach Marco van Basten.[26] However, after several phone conversations and at the persuasion of veteran Edwin van der Sar, both player and coach put aside their differences. Van Basten announced four months later that Van Nistelrooy was returning to the Oranje.[27][28] On 8 September, Van Nistelrooy filled Huntelaar's spot, as previously requested, for the qualifier against Bulgaria, scoring in a 2–0 victory,[29] and scored the winning goal four days later in injury time of the Netherlands' win over Albania.

At Euro 2008, Van Nistelrooy scored for the Netherlands in their decisive 3–0 victory over Italy in the group stage, and scored the equaliser in their eventual 3–1 loss to Russia in the quarter-finals. On 4 August, he again announced his retirement from international competition.[30][31]

Personal life

Family

Van Nistelrooy married his girlfriend, Leontien Slaats, in July 2004. The couple had their first child, a girl named Moa Annette, in September 2006, and a son named Liam in March 2008.[32][33][34]

Charity work

Van Nistelrooy and his wife are both heavily involved with the charity organization SOS Children's Villages. The organisation has been around since 1949 and is an international development charity which serves to protect the interests and rights of children. Van Nistelrooy was officially appointed "FIFA for SOS Children's Villages" Ambassador in the Netherlands on 1 September 2001.[35]

On 17 November 2009, Van Nistelrooy and his wife hosted SOS at Real Madrid City. The purpose of the event was to help create a calendar which would be sold to benefit the organization.[36]

Statistics

(correct as of 15 March 2010)

Club

Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Den Bosch 1993–94 2 0 2 0
1994–95 15 3 2 3 17 6
1995–96 21 2 21 2
1996–97 31 12 31 12
Total 69 17 2 3 71 20
Heerenveen 1997–98 31 13 5 3 36 16
Total 31 13 5 3 36 16
PSV Eindhoven 1998–99 34 31 5 1 7 6 46 38
1999–2000 23 29 2 0 8 3 33 32
2000–01 10 2 2 3 12 5
Total 67 62 9 4 15 9 91 75
Manchester United 2001–02 32 23 2 2 0 0 14 10 1 1 49 36
2002–03 34 25 3 4 4 1 11 14 0 0 52 44
2003–04 32 20 4 6 0 0 7 4 1 0 44 30
2004–05 17 6 3 2 0 0 7 8 0 0 27 16
2005–06 35 21 2 0 2 1 8 2 0 0 47 24
Total 150 95 14 14 6 2 47 38 2 1 219 150
Real Madrid 2006–07 37 25 3 2 7 6 0 0 47 33
2007–08 24 16 1 0 7 4 1 0 33 20
2008–09 6 4 0 0 4 3 2 3 12 10
2009–10 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 4 1
Total 68 46 6 2 19 13 3 3 96 64
Hamburg 2009–10 4 2 0 0 2 1 0 0 6 3
Total 4 2 0 0 2 1 0 0 6 3
Career total 389 235 36 26 6 2 83 61 5 4 519 328

National team

Van Nistelrooy (right) with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar in training prior to UEFA Euro 2008. Van Nistelrooy retired from International duty following the tournament.
All-time national team performance
National Team Year Friendlies International
Competition
Total Goals per match
App Goals App Goals App Goals
Netherlands 1998 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
1999 8 1 0 0 8 1 0.125
2000 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
2001 2 1 5 6 7 7 1
2002 3 1 1 0 4 1 0.25
2003 2 0 6 5 8 5 0.625
2004 4 0 7 6 11 6 0.545
2005 1 0 8 5 9 5 0.556
2006 2 2 3 1 5 3 0.6
2007 1 0 4 2 5 2 0.4
2008 2 1 3 2 5 3 0.6
Total 27 6 37 26 64 33 0.516
International goals[37]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 28 April 1999 Gelredome, Arnhem, Netherlands  Morocco 1–2 1–2 Friendly
2 25 April 2001 Philips Stadion, Eindhoven, Netherlands  Cyprus 4–0 4–0 2002 WCQ
3 2 June 2001 Lilleküla Stadium, Tallinn, Estonia  Estonia 2–2 2–4 2002 WCQ
4 2 June 2001 Lilleküla Stadium, Tallinn, Estonia  Estonia 2–3 2–4 2002 WCQ
5 15 August 2001 White Hart Lane, London, England  England 0–2 0–2 Friendly
6 5 September 2001 Philips Stadion, Eindhoven, Netherlands  Estonia 5–0 5–0 2002 WCQ
7 6 October 2001 Gelredome, Arnhem, Netherlands  Andorra 3–0 4–0 2002 WCQ
8 6 October 2001 Gelredome, Arnhem, Netherlands  Andorra 4–0 4–0 2002 WCQ
9 20 November 2002 Arena Auf Schalke, Gelsenkirchen, Germany  Germany 1–3 1–3 Friendly match
10 29 March 2003 De Kuip, Rotterdam, Netherlands  Czech Republic 1–0 1–1 2004 UEQ
11 2 April 2003 Sheriff Stadium, Tiraspol, Moldova  Moldova 1–1 1–2 2004 UEQ
12 19 November 2003 Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, Netherlands  Scotland 3–0 6–0 2004 UEQ
13 19 November 2003 Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, Netherlands  Scotland 4–0 6–0 2004 UEQ
14 19 November 2003 Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, Netherlands  Scotland 6–0 6–0 2004 UEQ
15 15 June 2004 Estádio do Dragão, Porto, Portugal  Germany 1–1 1–1 UEFA Euro 2004
16 19 June 2004 Estádio Municipal de Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal  Czech Republic 2–0 2–3 UEFA Euro 2004
17 23 June 2004 Estádio Municipal de Braga, Braga, Portugal  Latvia 1–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2004
18 23 June 2004 Estádio Municipal de Braga, Braga, Portugal  Latvia 2–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2004
19 13 October 2004 Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, Netherlands  Finland 2–1 3–1 2006 WCQ
20 13 October 2004 Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, Netherlands  Finland 3–1 3–1 2006 WCQ
21 30 March 2005 Philips Stadion, Eindhoven, Netherlands  Armenia 2–0 2–0 2006 WCQ
22 8 June 2005 Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland  Finland 0–1 0–4 2006 WCQ
23 3 September 2005 Hanrapetakan Stadium, Yerevan, Armenia  Armenia 0–1 0–1 2006 WCQ
24 7 September 2005 Philips Stadion, Eindhoven, Netherlands  Andorra 3–0 4–0 2006 WCQ
25 7 September 2005 Philips Stadion, Eindhoven, Netherlands  Andorra 4–0 4–0 2006 WCQ
26 27 May 2006 De Kuip, Rotterdam, Netherlands  Cameroon 1–0 1–0 Friendly
27 4 June 2006 De Kuip, Rotterdam, Netherlands  Australia 1–0 1–1 Friendly
28 16 June 2006 Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion, Stuttgart, Germany  Côte d'Ivoire 2–0 2–1 2006 FIFA World Cup
29 8 September 2007 Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, Netherlands  Bulgaria 2–0 2–0 2008 UEQ
30 12 September 2007 Qemal Stafa, Tirana, Albania  Albania 0–1 0–1 2008 UEQ
31 29 May 2008 Philips Stadion, Eindhoven, Netherlands  Denmark 1–0 1–1 Friendly
32 9 June 2008 Stade de Suisse, Wankdorf, Berne, Switzerland  Italy 1–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2008
33 21 June 2008 St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland  Russia 1–1 1–3 UEFA Euro 2008

Honours

Club

PSV Eindhoven
Manchester United
Real Madrid

Individual

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Ruud van Nistelrooy (surname originally spelled van Nistelrooij) (born 1976-07-01) is a Dutch footballer who plays as a centre forward for Real Madrid and is a member of the Netherlands national football team.

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Ruud van Nistelrooy
Personal information
Full name Rutgerus Johannes Martinus van Nistelrooij
Date of birth 1 July 1976 (1976-07-01) (age 34)
Place of birth    Oss, Netherlands
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Real Madrid C.FReal Madrid CF]]
Number 22
Senior clubs
Years Club
1993-1997
1997-1998
1998-2001
2001-2006
2006-2009
2010-
Den Bosch
Heerenveen
PSV Eindhoven
Manchester United
Real Madrid
Hamburger SV
National team
1998-2008 Netherlands

Ruud Van Nistelrooy (born July 1, 1976) is a Dutch professional football player who has played for the Netherlands national team. Until 2006 he played for Manchester United, where he has the record for being the club's top scorer in European competition. Van Nistelrooy now plays for Hamburger SV, where he wears the number 22 shirt.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
NetherlandsLeague KNVB Cup League Cup EuropeTotal
1993/94Den BoschEerste Divisie20--20
1994/95153--153
1995/96212--212
1996/973112--3112
1997/98HeerenveenEredivisie311353--3616
1998/99PSV EindhovenEredivisie343151-764638
1999/00232920-833332
2000/0110223-00125
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
2001/02Manchester UnitedPremier League3223220014104835
2002/033425344111145244
2003/0432204600744330
2004/051763200782716
2005/0635212021824724
SpainLeague Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga EuropeTotal
2006/07Real MadridLa Liga37253200764733
2007/0824162010743420
2008/09640023431210
2009/101120001041
GermanyLeague DFB-Pokal Premiere Ligapokal EuropeTotal
2009/10Hamburger SVBundesliga
CountryNetherlands 16792147-159196108
England 150951414624738217149
Spain 6846723319139764
Germany 0000000000
Total 3852333523958160510321

International career statistics

[1]

Netherlands national team
YearAppsGoals
199810
199981
200010
200177
200241
200385
2004116
200595
200653
200752
200853
Total6433

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