Here's why Van Nistelrooy retires a legend
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.
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.
>> 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).