Here's why Van Nistelrooy retires a legend

May 15, 2012, 09:24 IST | A Correspondent

Dutchman Van Nistelrooy's decision to retire may have surprised some, but it is the culmination of an innings well played. Here's how and why...

Manchester united (2001-06)
>>  Moved from PSV Eindhoven to Manchester United in 2001 at a English Premier League record fee of £19m.
>>  Set Premiership record of scoring in 8 consecutive matches in his first season.
>>  Became Champions League’s top scorer with 30 goals (2001-02) & also wins PFA Player of the Year.
>>  Scores 25 goals as Utd win EPL (2003).
>>  Wins 2004 FA Cup scoring twice in 3-0 win over Millwall 3-0 in the final.
>>  Alex Ferguson leaves him on the bench for the 2006 Carling Cup final.
>>  Scored 150 goals for Man U before announcing he wants to leave at the end of 2006.

Netherlands Represented Holland at events like Euro 2004, World Cup 2006 and Euro 2008 scoring 35 times from 70 appearances but never won a title with them.

Real madrid (2006-10)
>>  Joined Real Madrid in 2006 for 24 million Euros.
>>  Scored 25 & 20 goals respectively as Real won La Liga in the La Liga in 2006-07 and 2007-08.
>>  Also won the Spanish Super Cup in 2008.

Malaga (2011)
>> Joined Malaga in 2011 from Germany’s Hamburg, where he scored 12 times.
>>  Scored five times in 32 appearances to help them to their first top four finish and enter Champions League.
>>  Remains the Champions League’s all time second-highest scorer with 60 goals, behind Raul (71).

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