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Ruud van Nistelrooy Retires

Former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy has today announced his retirement from football.

In a Malaga press conference, the 35-year-old said his body could no longer handle the physical pressure being put on his body.

After scoring 75 goals in 91 games for PSV, Ruud joined United for £19m and spent five years at the club.

Ruud made 219 of his total 589 football club appearances for Manchester United, scoring 150 of his total of 347. He is still United’s top scorer in Europe with 38 goals.

He left United in the summer of 2006 for £10.3m after falling out with the manager, something he has since spoken of with regret.

“My relationship with the fans was very special and that’s why leaving in the way I did was, and still is, a real shame for me because I couldn’t really say goodbye to them,” he said. “It was my only regret that it went like that and it’s a shame that it happened, particularly for the fans as I saw the people at the club before I left but I never got a chance to properly say goodbye to the fans.”

At Real Madrid he scored 64 goals in 96 games and won the league title twice.

Ruud then spent two seasons at Hamburger SV before joining Málaga at the start of this season.

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  1. Xyth says:

    @fergie is the boss
    Not really. If Fergie knew then what a low life he was he would not have signed him. At least he was under good tutelage then!

    I personally feel angry now with myself for going to OT and cheering him up! Wonder what Evra and Park have to say about this? Are they still gonna be best mates with him?

  2. lawman10 says:

    Tevez is lowest form of life a total Twat,Cunt,Bastard,Twat,shit I fucking hate him
    Hope the United players & Fergie have seen this twat and his poster
    how dare he !! I want to run him over again & again
    Baton should of took his fucking argie head off & shoved it up his Arse !!

  3. ed says:

    I am not usually one for over-doing the bitterness but I really wouldn’t give a shit if Brian Kidd and Carlos Tevez dropped dead.

  4. Jay says:

    Loved him as a player and a man, classy and not a flashy git like most of these footballers. Good luck Ruud, if he had stayed I have no doubt that he would of become our topscorer.

  5. ajie says:

    Rutgerus Johannes Martinus “Ruud” van Nistelrooij…….United Legend!


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