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Ruud van Nistelrooy

  • Date of birth : 01/07/1976
  • Position : Forward
  • Country : Netherlands Netherlands
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Ruud van Nistelrooy

Ruud van Nistelrooy

Clubs: FC Den Bosch, SC Heerenveen, PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United FC, Real Madrid CF, Hamburger SV, Málaga CF

UEFA honours
UEFA Champions League:
Leading scorer 2002, 2003, 2005
UEFA Club Forward of the Year: 2003 users' Team of the Year: 2003

• Van Nistelrooy spent the first few years of his career in the Dutch second tier at Den Bosch before an impressive 13-goal debut Eredivisie campaign with Heerenveen prompted a transfer to PSV.

• Scored 60 league goals in his first two campaigns at PSV, topping the Eredivisie scoring charts on each occasion and forming a brilliant partnership with Belgian Luc Nilis; a British-record €30m move to Manchester United was delayed a year by serious knee injury, taking place in 2001 rather than 2000.

• Made up for lost time at Old Trafford, top-scoring with 25 goals in the club's 2002/03 Premier League triumph and scooping the UEFA Champions League top-scorers' prize three times in four years, with a tournament-record tally of 12 in 2002/03; in so doing he became United's all-time record scorer in Europe with 38 goals, overtaking Denis Law.

• Awarded his first cap for the Netherlands in November 1998 against Germany, he made his belated major tournament bow at UEFA EURO 2004, scoring four goals in his first three games; managed one goal at the 2006 FIFA World Cup and two at UEFA EURO 2008.

• Left United for Real Madrid in 2006 and claimed Pichichi award with 25 goals as the club regained the Spanish title; added a second title in 2008 before injury and a departure for Hamburg in January 2009.

• After his contract with the Bundesliga club expired, Van Nistelrooy was tempted back to Spain on a one-year deal in June 2011 by ambitious Málaga.

Last updated: 05/01/12 11.10CET

Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 18/09/2012 06:35 CET
03.09.2010UEFA EUROQualifying roundSan MarinoSan Marino0-5NetherlandsNetherlands2310
07.09.2010UEFA EUROQualifying roundNetherlandsNetherlands2-1FinlandFinland800
12.10.2010UEFA EUROQualifying roundNetherlandsNetherlands4-1SwedenSweden600
25.03.2011UEFA EUROQualifying roundHungaryHungary0-4NetherlandsNetherlands800
29.03.2011UEFA EUROQualifying roundNetherlandsNetherlands5-3HungaryHungary4410

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year



General info

  • Name: Ruud van Nistelrooy
  • Position: Forward
  • Date of birth (age): 01/07/1976 (36)
  • Country: Netherlands
  • Club: Málaga (Spain ESP)

  • Height: 188cm
  • Weight: 80kg

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Intertoto Cup (group matches uic)
    21/06/97: Dinamo-93 1-0 Heerenveen
  • National team: UEFA European Under-21 Championship (Qualifying round)
    10/10/97: Netherlands 3-0 Turkey

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

Netherlands U-2130

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
Man. United4738
Real Madrid1913
UEFA Europa League
UEFA Intertoto Cup
Last updated: 18/09/2012 06:36 CET
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