Ruud Van Nistelrooy

Date of birth01 July 1976
Place of birthOss
NationalityDutch
Weight82 kg
Height1.88 m
PositionForward

A terrific striker with a sensational goal-scoring record, his 44 goals in 2002-03 second only to Denis Law.

Ruud began his career with junior clubs Nooit Gedacht and Margriet.

Second Division Den Bosch became his first professional club but it wasn't until Ruud had moved to Heerenveen in the Dutch Eredivisie that he switched from midfield to a striking role.

He celebrated his 22nd birthday by signing for PSV Eindhoven for £4.2million - a record fee between Dutch clubs.

Ruud ended his first season at the Philips Stadion as Holland's top scorer with 31 league goals and was voted Dutch Player of the Year.

He was the leading marksman again in 1999-2000 (29 goals) as PSV clinched the Eredivisie title.

PSV's success culminated in despair though. With the Euro 2000 championships beckoning in his home country and a move to Manchester United on the cards, Ruud collapsed in agony on PSV's training ground having ruptured cruciate ligaments.

Duly restored, United got their man for a new British record fee of £19million in July 2001.

Although 2001-02 was to be the Manchester giants first trophy-less campaign for four years, Ruud's haul was 36 goals in all competitions. His consolation was being named the PFA's Player of the Year.

The Premiership crown returned to Old Trafford in 2002-03 with the Dutch master weighing-in with an astonishing total of 44 goals - 14 in the Champions League.

Ruud made his international debut against Germany in November 1998, having missed Euro 2000 through his knee injury.

Ruud scored Holland's winner in their 2-1 defeat of Ivory Coast in the Group C match at the 2006 World Cup finals.

He joined Real Madrid in July 2006 with a three-year contract.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
Den Bosch 01 Jul 1993 01 Jul 1997
Heerenveen 01 Jul 1997 01 Jul 1998
PSV Eindhoven 01 Jul 1998 05 Jul 2001
Manchester United 05 Jul 2001 28 Jul 2006
Real Madrid 28 Jul 2006

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1999-00 PSV Eindhoven UEFA Champions League 2
1
2000-01 PSV Eindhoven Dutch KPN Telecompetitie 7
3
2
1
2001-02 Manchester United FA Charity Shield 1
1
2001-02 Manchester United FA Cup
2
2
2001-02 Manchester United Premier League 29
3
23
3
2001-02 Manchester United UEFA Champions League 14
10
2
2002-03 Manchester United FA Cup 3
4
1
2002-03 Manchester United League Cup 4
1
2002-03 Manchester United Premier League 33
1
25
3
2002-03 Manchester United UEFA Champions League 10
1
14
2
2003-04 Manchester United FA Community Shield 1
2003-04 Manchester United FA Cup 3
1
6
2003-04 Manchester United Premier League 31
1
20
4
2003-04 Manchester United UEFA Champions League 7
4
2004-05 Manchester United FA Cup 3
2
2004-05 Manchester United Premier League 16
1
6
1
2004-05 Manchester United UEFA Champions League 6
1
8
2005-06 Manchester United FA Cup 2
2005-06 Manchester United League Cup 1
1
1
2005-06 Manchester United Premier League 28
7
21
5
2005-06 Manchester United UEFA Champions League 8
2
1
2009-10 Hamburger SV UEFA Europa League 2


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
28 Sep 1999 PSV Eindhoven v Rangers L 0-1 UEFA Champions League Group F
20 Oct 1999 Rangers v PSV Eindhoven L 4-1 UEFA Champions League Group F
03 Mar 2001 PSV Eindhoven v Roda JC D 0-0 Dutch KPN Telecompetitie
18 Mar 2001 PSV Eindhoven v FC Utrecht W 5-1 Dutch KPN Telecompetitie
31 Mar 2001 PSV Eindhoven v Twente Enschede W 2-1 Dutch KPN Telecompetitie
08 Apr 2001 Ajax v PSV Eindhoven W 0-1 Dutch KPN Telecompetitie
15 Apr 2001 Vitesse Arnhem v PSV Eindhoven D 0-0 Dutch KPN Telecompetitie
20 Apr 2001 PSV Eindhoven v RKC Waalwijk W 3-1 Dutch KPN Telecompetitie 2
28 Apr 2001 Willem II v PSV Eindhoven D 1-1 Dutch KPN Telecompetitie
06 May 2001 PSV Eindhoven v Heerenveen W 3-0 Dutch KPN Telecompetitie
11 May 2001 RBC Roosendaal v PSV Eindhoven W 1-2 Dutch KPN Telecompetitie
20 May 2001 PSV Eindhoven v De Graafschap W 3-2 Dutch KPN Telecompetitie


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1997-98 Netherlands UEFA Under-21 1
3
1998-99 Netherlands International Friendly 4
1
1
1999-00 Netherlands International Friendly 2
3
2000-01 Netherlands FIFA World Cup
2
3
2001-02 Netherlands FIFA World Cup 3
3
1
2001-02 Netherlands International Friendly 2
1
1
2002-03 Netherlands International Friendly 2
1
1
2002-03 Netherlands UEFA European Championship 4
2
1
2003-04 Netherlands International Friendly 4
1
1
2003-04 Netherlands UEFA European Championship 8
7
2
2004-05 Netherlands FIFA World Cup 6
4
2005-06 Netherlands FIFA World Cup 7
4
1
2005-06 Netherlands International Friendly 3
2
1
2007-08 Netherlands International Friendly 3
1
2007-08 Netherlands UEFA European Championship 7
4
2
2010-11 Netherlands International Friendly
1
2010-11 Netherlands UEFA European Championship
5
2


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
10 Oct 1997 Netherlands v Turkey W 3-0 UEFA U21 Group 7
23 May 1998 Romania v Netherlands W 1-2 UEFA U21 Finals quarter-final
26 May 1998 Greece v Netherlands L 3-0 UEFA U21 Semi-final
31 May 1998 Norway v Netherlands L 2-0 UEFA U21 3rd place
18 Nov 1998 Germany v Netherlands D 1-1 International Friendly
10 Feb 1999 Portugal v Netherlands D 0-0 International Friendly
28 Apr 1999 Netherlands v Morocco L 1-2 International Friendly
05 Jun 1999 Brazil v Netherlands D 2-2 International Friendly
08 Jun 1999 Brazil v Netherlands L 3-1 International Friendly
18 Aug 1999 Denmark v Netherlands D 0-0 International Friendly
04 Sep 1999 Netherlands v Belgium D 5-5 International Friendly
09 Oct 1999 Netherlands v Brazil D 2-2 International Friendly
13 Nov 1999 Netherlands v Czech Republic D 1-1 International Friendly
23 Feb 2000 Netherlands v Germany W 2-1 International Friendly
25 Apr 2001 Netherlands v Cyprus W 4-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
02 Jun 2001 Estonia v Netherlands W 2-4 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
15 Aug 2001 England v Netherlands W 0-2 International Friendly
01 Sep 2001 Republic of Ireland v Netherlands L 1-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
05 Sep 2001 Netherlands v Estonia W 5-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
06 Oct 2001 Netherlands v Andorra W 4-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 2
10 Nov 2001 Denmark v Netherlands D 1-1 International Friendly
13 Feb 2002 Netherlands v England D 1-1 International Friendly
21 Aug 2002 Norway v Netherlands W 0-1 International Friendly
07 Sep 2002 Netherlands v Belarus W 3-0 UEFA European Championship Group 3
20 Nov 2002 Germany v Netherlands W 1-3 International Friendly
12 Feb 2003 Netherlands v Argentina W 1-0 International Friendly
29 Mar 2003 Netherlands v Czech Republic D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Group 3
02 Apr 2003 Moldova v Netherlands W 1-2 UEFA European Championship Group 3
07 Jun 2003 Belarus v Netherlands W 0-2 UEFA European Championship Group 3
20 Aug 2003 Belgium v Netherlands D 1-1 International Friendly
10 Sep 2003 Czech Republic v Netherlands L 3-1 UEFA European Championship Group 3
15 Nov 2003 Scotland v Netherlands L 1-0 UEFA European Championship Play-off 1st leg
19 Nov 2003 Netherlands v Scotland W 6-0 UEFA European Championship Play-off 2nd leg
18 Feb 2004 Netherlands v USA W 1-0 International Friendly
29 May 2004 Netherlands v Belgium L 0-1 International Friendly
01 Jun 2004 Netherlands v Faroe Islands W 3-0 International Friendly
05 Jun 2004 Netherlands v Republic of Ireland L 0-1 International Friendly
15 Jun 2004 Germany v Netherlands D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Finals Group D
19 Jun 2004 Netherlands v Czech Republic L 2-3 UEFA European Championship Finals Group D
23 Jun 2004 Netherlands v Latvia W 3-0 UEFA European Championship Finals Group D
26 Jun 2004 Sweden v Netherlands L 0-0 (4-5) UEFA European Championship Quarter-final
30 Jun 2004 Portugal v Netherlands L 2-1 UEFA European Championship Semi-final
13 Oct 2004 Netherlands v Finland W 3-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 1
17 Nov 2004 Andorra v Netherlands W 0-3 FIFA World Cup Europe group 1
26 Mar 2005 Romania v Netherlands W 0-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group 1
30 Mar 2005 Netherlands v Armenia W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 1
04 Jun 2005 Netherlands v Romania W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 1
08 Jun 2005 Finland v Netherlands W 0-4 FIFA World Cup Europe group 1
17 Aug 2005 Netherlands v Germany D 2-2 International Friendly
03 Sep 2005 Armenia v Netherlands W 0-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 1
07 Sep 2005 Netherlands v Andorra W 4-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 1
08 Oct 2005 Czech Republic v Netherlands W 0-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group 1
12 Oct 2005 Netherlands v FYR Macedonia D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 1
27 May 2006 Netherlands v Cameroon W 1-0 International Friendly
04 Jun 2006 Netherlands v Australia D 1-1 International Friendly
11 Jun 2006 Serbia and Montenegro v Netherlands W 0-1 FIFA World Cup Finals Group C
16 Jun 2006 Netherlands v Ivory Coast W 2-1 FIFA World Cup Finals Group C
21 Jun 2006 Netherlands v Argentina D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Finals Group C
22 Aug 2007 Switzerland v Netherlands L 2-1 International Friendly
08 Sep 2007 Netherlands v Bulgaria W 2-0 UEFA European Championship Group G
12 Sep 2007 Albania v Netherlands W 0-1 UEFA European Championship Group G
13 Oct 2007 Romania v Netherlands L 1-0 UEFA European Championship Group G
17 Nov 2007 Netherlands v Luxembourg W 1-0 UEFA European Championship Group G
29 May 2008 Netherlands v Denmark D 1-1 International Friendly
01 Jun 2008 Netherlands v Wales W 2-0 International Friendly
09 Jun 2008 Netherlands v Italy W 3-0 UEFA European Championship Finals Group C
13 Jun 2008 France v Netherlands W 1-4 UEFA European Championship Finals Group C
21 Jun 2008 Netherlands v Russia L 1-3 UEFA European Championship Finals quarter-final
03 Sep 2010 San Marino v Netherlands W 0-5 UEFA European Championship Group E
07 Sep 2010 Netherlands v Finland W 2-1 UEFA European Championship Group E
12 Oct 2010 Netherlands v Sweden W 4-1 UEFA European Championship Group E
09 Feb 2011 Netherlands v Austria W 3-1 International Friendly
25 Mar 2011 Hungary v Netherlands W 0-4 UEFA European Championship Group E
29 Mar 2011 Netherlands v Hungary W 5-3 UEFA European Championship Group E


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.