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Name Ruud van Nistelrooy
Gender Male
Ethnic Dutch
Job Dutch Footballer
Desc Van Nistelrooy broke 20 goals in four of his five Premier League seasons, winning a Golden Boot and a PFA Player of the Year Award en route. He perhaps should have won more than his solitary title, but was competing in an era of Wenger’s Invincibles and Mourinho’s Chelsea. Even so, he is undoubtedly one of the league’s greatest finishers


Org Dutch National Team
Club as Player Manchester United

2015 12 30 Retrieve

[on Sir Alex Ferguson] I’m very grateful for the chances and support he gave me over the five years (I was at Manchester United). [. . .] he was able to get the best out of each individual, and he did that for me as well, not only on the pitch but off the field as well, he gave me a lot and I’m very grateful for it

2016 02 13 Retrieve

[Ruud van Nistelrooy speaking at the Oxford Union about what would happen if he ran into Martin Keown, who lives in the area, recalling the duo’s clash in 2002 in the Battle of Old Trafford between Manchester United and Arsenal] He’d probably jump all over me again … I thought you had to be clever to live around here

2019 10 03 Retrieve

[Former PSV and Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, who now coaches PSV’s Under-19s side on Mohamed Ihattaren] He joined us from the U17 team in the U19s but he was younger than everyone, so I thought he’s going to need at least a season to develop and get used to things, but he developed like a rocket really. He joined the winter break training camp with the first team last season and he just blew everybody away. That’s not normal with a player who is 16 years of age, of course. I was saying to him: ‘I want to develop you so that you will make the step to the first team and then I don’t want to see you back here anymore.’ That’s the way I think it should be because for players who go and come back it’s very difficult. He managed to develop himself at such speed that he left and we never saw him come back.

2019 10 26 Retrieve

[Ruud van Nistelrooy on Lionel Messi] There is no-one who is at his level, he seems to play like a PlayStation player. Nobody comes close to Messi. Tell me who… Cristiano Ronaldo is a goalscorer, Andres Iniesta is a brain, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané, Eden Hazard and Kylian Mbappe are excellent players, but Messi is all that together

2020 04 15 Retrieve

[Kluivert enjoyed the Newcastle nightlight upon his arrival on Tyneside in 2004, which didn’t sit well with his Netherlands teammate, Van Nistelrooy. And when Kluivert was spotted at a rave in Amsterdam after the first leg of the Euro 2004 playoff against Scotland, the Manchester United forward aimed a thinly-veiled shot at his strike partner] I can’t do it all myself. I can’t be the only Dutch player who closes down and leads from the front

2020 05 20 Retrieve

[Fabio Capello says Partying Ronaldo created problems] According to some statements attributed to Fabio Capello, pointing out that I, in his day, told him that the dressing room of Real Madrid ‘smelled of alcohol’ I want to flatly deny such claims. That dressing room from the first day showed maximum professionalism. From the first to the last team-mate, we worked to defend the club’s badge in a comprehensive and professional manner