Monday, 14 May 2012

Ruud Van Nistelrooy announces retirement

Former Manchester United striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy on Monday announced his retirement from professional football after he helped Malaga secure their  first ever top-four finish which will see them play in the Champions League next season for the first time in their history.
The 35-year-old Netherlands striker made 70 international appearances, scoring 35 goals. In his 219 official appearances for Manchester United he scored 150 goals. He also won two La Liga titles with Real Madrid and with 56 goals, he is currently the second all-time highest goal scorer in the Champions League.
Speaking in a press conference, Van Nistelrooy said:
"Yesterday was my final game as a professional footballer. I wanted to play in the Champions League, but it is the moment to leave.
"I have arrived at my physical limit and I can't play at the maximum level. I couldn't have had a better send-off than this. I feel happy that I am the one taking this decision. I would like to thank Malaga, the technical and medical staff for an unforgettable year.
"I am proud to have won collective and individual titles, but my greatest satisfaction was to be able to work day after day, year after year."

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