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Van Nistelrooy retires

2012-05-14 14:04

Malaga - Malaga's Dutch striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy retired from professional football on Monday, ending a stellar career that included stints with Manchester United and Real Madrid.

"Yesterday (Sunday) I played my last match as a professional," Van Nistelrooy, 35, told a news conference.

"I think the moment has come for me to stop playing football - I have reached my physical limit," he added.

"But there could be no better way to say goodbye than this, in a euphoric moment for the club," which on Sunday won a place in next season's Champion's League with a fourth-place finish in Spain's La Liga.

During his two-decade career, Van Nistelrooy was crowned top scorer in three countries - The Netherlands, England and Spain.

With 60 goals in the Champions League, he remains that competition's second-highest scorer, behind Raul of Spain.

He played for five seasons with Manchester United, winning the English league twice, and then played a part in two La Liga titles during four seasons with Real Madrid.

He moved to Malaga last year after a two-season stint with Hamburg.


AFP

Comments
  • Faizie - 2012-05-14 14:11

    Jomo needs players???

      Jack - 2012-05-14 14:41

      Right like he want's to risk his life being hi-jacked, shot, robbed, extorted. rapped!! by cops nogal.

      Jack - 2012-05-14 14:41

      Right like he want's to risk his life being hi-jacked, shot, robbed, extorted. rapped!! by cops nogal.

      goodman.segage - 2012-05-14 16:06

      Jack, you are angry! Your comment is out of contex here. We are talking of great talent ever seen. He's. Great player.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-05-14 14:29

    great player- sad to see him go

  • malcolm.molver - 2012-05-14 14:53

    I'll never forget the Old Trafford crowd chanting Ruuuuuuuud! whenever he scored. Great player. It's sad to see him go!

  • fboto - 2012-05-14 15:17

    Another Dutch great. World football has seen so many of them.

  • Thabiso - 2012-05-14 15:36

    paul scholes and ryan giggs should follow his example

      Topsy - 2012-05-14 15:47

      alex ferguson a.k.a rednose/has-been/baconface should follow this example!

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