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Ruud van Nistelrooy

Ruud van Nistelrooy
Personal information
Full nameRutgerus Johannes Martinus van Nistelrooy
Date of birth1 July 1976(age 40)
Place of birthOss, North Brabant, Netherlands
Height1.88 m
Playing positionStriker
Club information
Current clubMálaga

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Rutgerus Johannes Martinus van Nistelrooy, (-nlryt vɑn ˈnɪstəlroːi̯-Nl-Ruud van Nistelrooy, better known as Ruud van Nistelrooy, is a Dutch footballer who plays as a striker for Málaga CF in Spain's La Liga. He is 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.

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, 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 Hamburg during the January transfer window in 2010. After a season-and-a-half with Hamburg, he moved back to Spain with Málaga CF in the summer of 2011.

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