Ruud van Nistelrooy
Rutgerus Johannes Martinus "Ruud" van Nistelrooy (Dutch: Ruud van Nistelrooij; [ˈryt fɑn ˈnɪstəlroːi̯] (listen);[A] born 1 July 1976) is a Dutch football coach and former player. He is currently the coach of the PSV Eindhoven under-19s team. A former striker, he is the fifth-highest goalscorer in UEFA Champions League history with 56 goals. He is a three-time UEFA Champions League top scorer, as well as a top scorer in three different European domestic leagues.
Van Nistelrooy playing for Manchester United Legends in 2017
|Full name||Rutgerus Johannes Martinus van Nistelrooy|
|Date of birth||1 July 1976|
|Place of birth||Oss, North Brabant, Netherlands|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|PSV Eindhoven U19 (coach)|
|2018–||PSV Eindhoven U19|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Van Nistelrooy began his career with Den Bosch, before moving onto Heerenveen, eventually making a name for himself at PSV Eindhoven, where he won two Eredivisie titles. His goalscoring record at PSV attracted attention from Manchester United; a deal was in place in the summer of 2000, but because of injury problems, his move was secured a year later for a then British record fee of £19 million. His time at United was successful, winning the Premier League, FA Cup, Football League Cup and FA Community Shield, along with winning the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year twice. Van Nistelrooy hit 150 goals in just 219 games for United, as well as becoming, at the time, their all-time European record goalscorer, but fell out of favour towards the end of his tenure. Real Madrid then secured his services in 2006. Although an injury blighted the end of his days with Madrid, he won La Liga twice and the Supercopa de España before signing for Hamburger SV during the January transfer window in 2010. After one-and-a-half seasons with Hamburg, he moved back to Spain with Málaga in the summer of 2011. His retirement from football was announced on 14 May 2012.
Born in Oss, North Brabant, Van Nistelrooy started his career in 1993, aged 17, with Dutch Eerste Divisie side Den Bosch, where he was converted from a central midfielder to centre-forward, after playing for local clubs Nooit Gedacht and RKSV Margriet. After netting 12 goals in 31 games in the 1996–97 campaign, he transferred for €360,000 to Heerenveen the next year, and scored 13 goals in 31 matches in his only season with the club. He was then signed by PSV Eindhoven the next season for €6.3 million, a then-record transfer sum between two Dutch teams.
He scored 31 goals in 34 matches, the highest season total in the Eredivisie and second-highest in Europe overall, in addition to scoring all three of PSV's goals in a Champions League match against HJK Helsinki on 25 November 1998. Van Nistelrooy capped off the year by winning the Dutch Player of the Year award. The following season, he won his second Eredivisie scoring title with 29 goals. According to a 2001 interview with The Daily Telegraph, Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson said that his son, Darren, who was at try-outs for Eredivisie rival Heerenveen at the time, begged his father, "You've got to sign Van Nistelrooy right away, he's fantastic. We've been watching him." Ferguson sent team representatives to PSV's next league game and signed Van Nistelrooy the next day.
Van Nistelrooy looked set to complete a club record £18.5 million transfer to Manchester United in the summer of 2000. He was to be unveiled at a press conference four days later, but this was instead used to announce that the transfer had been postponed over concerns about his fitness, having not played for a month due to problems with his knee. The transfer was then cancelled after PSV refused to agree to further medical tests, and the next day he suffered a rupture to his anterior cruciate knee ligaments during a training session, leaving him injured for a year.
A year later, Van Nistelrooy signed a five-year contract after passing his medical. He downplayed United's £19 million investment to reporters, saying, "The price is not heavy for me – it lifts me up because it means United have big confidence in me."
Van Nistelrooy made his debut in the Charity Shield against Liverpool, scoring in a 2–1 loss. On 19 August, Van Nistelrooy made his Premier League debut against Fulham at Old Trafford, and scored two goals to help United to a 3–2 win. He scored his first Champions League goals on 17 October in a 3–2 loss to Deportivo La Coruña.
On 22 December, Van Nistelrooy scored his first Premier League hat-trick in a 6–1 win against Southampton. In the FA Cup, Van Nistelrooy started on the bench for the third round tie against Aston Villa due to a groin strain, but was substituted on for Luke Chadwick in the second-half with United 2–0 down and scored two "sublime" goals in three minutes to help United advance to the fourth round with a 3–2 win.
In total during his first season, Van Nistelrooy scored 23 goals in 32 league games. He broke the record he shared with Mark Stein, Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry, by scoring in eight consecutive league games. He also scored ten Champions League goals, and was named the PFA Players' Player of the Year.
The following season, he finished as the top Premier League scorer with 25 goals in 34 games, with a goal on the final day against Everton earning him the Golden Boot ahead of Arsenal's Thierry Henry. His tally included three hat-tricks against Newcastle United, Fulham, and Charlton Athletic. He also scored in each of the final eight games of the season as United won the title. Van Nistelrooy won the Premier League Player of the Season in 2003. He was accredited with spearheading the title win for United with a goal tally that was described as "astonishing". After scoring 12 Champions League goals, he was named by UEFA as the best striker in Europe.
— Van Nistelrooy in 2003.
Van Nistelrooy started the 2003–04 season by scoring twice in his first two league matches. This meant he had scored in 10 consecutive league games, then a Premier League record, which stood until 2015 when Jamie Vardy scored in 11 consecutive matches. In the 0–0 draw on 21 September 2003, later dubbed the Battle of Old Trafford, Van Nistelrooy was at the centre of one of the most infamous incidents of the Arsenal–Manchester United rivalry. After missing a last-minute penalty that would have won the game for United, Van Nistelrooy was attacked by Martin Keown, prompting a melee involving several players from both sides; five Arsenal players including Keown received various bans and fines, while the club itself received a record fine of £175,000. Earlier in the game, he had been fouled by Patrick Vieira, who was sent off for a second bookable offence. Vieira and his manager Arsène Wenger both accused Van Nistelrooy of cheating and stamping on Vieira, prompting a vociferous defence by Alex Ferguson.
In the FA Cup fifth round derby against Manchester City, Van Nistelrooy scored twice to help ten-man United win 4–2, and again scored twice in the quarter-final against Fulham as United came from behind to win 2–1. He scored a further two goals, including one penalty, in United's victory over Millwall in the 2004 FA Cup Final.
Van Nistelrooy missed a large part of the 2004–05 season due to injury, but nonetheless scored a Champions League-best eight goals. One of them was his 30th career European goal, which he scored in a 2–2 Champions League group stage draw with Lyon on 16 September 2004, overtaking Denis Law's previous club record of 28 goals. Law later said to reporters, "I'm delighted for Ruud. It could not happen to a nicer guy."
On 24 October, Arsenal returned to Old Trafford for another dramatic fixture. Arsenal entered the fixture with 49-game unbeaten run and had been dubbed "The Invincibles", but United won the game 2–0. Van Nistelrooy scored the opening goal from the penalty spot, atoning for the penalty miss the previous year, with Wayne Rooney scoring a second. Van Nistelrooy was later banned for three games for a foul on Ashley Cole that the referee had missed. On 3 November, Van Nistelrooy scored all four goals in a 4–1 win against Sparta Prague. On 17 April 2005, he scored two goals in the FA Cup semi-final in a 4–1 win against Newcastle, but United lost the final on penalties to Arsenal.
At the start of the 2005–06 season, Van Nistelrooy scored in United's first four Premier League games. He finished as the second-highest league scorer with 21 goals, behind Arsenal's Thierry Henry. However, he was benched for the League Cup Final against Wigan Athletic, fuelling speculation of a rift between him and Alex Ferguson, which Van Nistelrooy denied. He was nonetheless left on the bench for six consecutive league matches, and though he then returned to the starting line-up and scored match-winners against West Ham United and Bolton Wanderers, fresh doubt spread over Van Nistelrooy's future when he was benched for United's season finale win over Charlton Athletic. Ferguson claimed that Van Nistelrooy was angry at the decision and left the stadium three hours before kick-off. On 9 May 2006, it was reported that Van Nistelrooy's exclusion from the squad was due to a training session fight between him and teammate Cristiano Ronaldo. Van Nistelrooy allegedly criticised Ronaldo's tendency to hold onto the ball instead of passing to his teammates, which sparked the fight, after which Van Nistelrooy remarked, "Go crying to your daddy," which was in reference to United's Portuguese assistant manager, Carlos Queiroz. Ronaldo, however, took the statement literally and allegedly broke into tears since his father José had died eight months previously. Van Nistelrooy later apologised to Ferguson for his behaviour in the previous few months.
Van Nistelrooy signed with Spanish La Liga side Real Madrid on 28 July, departing Old Trafford after five seasons with a total of 150 goals in 219 appearances, with his final goal coming on 1 April against Bolton, scoring what proved to be the winning goal. With 38 goals, he is also the club's second all-time European goalscorer, behind Wayne Rooney.
On 15 July 2006, Ferguson confirmed that Van Nistelrooy wanted to leave Manchester United and Real Madrid announced two weeks later that he had signed a three-year contract after being purchased for €14 million.
Van Nistelrooy made his debut for the Spanish club in a 1–0 friendly win over Reggina on 4 August 2006. Van Nistelrooy scored a hat-trick in his second league match against Levante and, on 12 November 2006, he scored all four of Real Madrid's goals in a 4–1 victory over Osasuna. For the first six months he was a teammate of Ronaldo, a player whom Van Nistelrooy regards as the best he ever played with. Van Nistelrooy won the league's Pichichi award with 25 goals as Real Madrid took home the 2006–07 title, and he also equalled the longest consecutive scoring streak in La Liga history with seven straight matches, tying a league record shared by Hugo Sánchez.
In January 2008, Van Nistelrooy signed a contract extension keeping him with Madrid until 2010, with the expiration date one day shy of his 34th birthday. He underwent ankle surgery in March, and returned for the El Clásico derby against Barcelona on 7 May, in which he netted a penalty two minutes after coming on as a substitute. He finished the season with 20 goals in 33 appearances.
In November 2008, Real Madrid announced that Van Nistelrooy would miss the remainder of the 2008–09 season after exploratory arthroscopic surgery revealed a partially torn meniscus in his right knee, with an expected recovery time of six to nine months following a second operation to repair the damage. Van Nistelrooy travelled to the United States to see specialist Richard Steadman, who had previously operated on the same knee back in 2000. At the time of his injury, he had 10 goals in 12 club appearances for the season. Following the injury, he was de-registered by Real Madrid for the rest of the 2008–09 season, and his shirt number was given to Dani Parejo. On 24 August 2009, in the last pre-season match before the start of La Liga, Van Nistelrooy stepped on the pitch for the first time since his injury and played the last 15 minutes of the game against Rosenborg, substituting Kaká. Van Nistelrooy came on for Cristiano Ronaldo in the 80th minute against Xerez in his first La Liga match since recovering from his injury. In the 81st minute, he provided the assist for a Karim Benzema goal, following it with his own 88th-minute goal. During his strike, however, he picked up a thigh injury, where it was later revealed by Real Madrid that he would be out from first team action for up to six weeks. On 27 October, Van Nistelrooy made his second comeback of the season coming on as a substitute for Raúl in the 71st minute against Alcorcón in the Copa del Rey.
On 23 January 2010, Van Nistelrooy signed an 18-month contract with the German club Hamburger SV until June 2011. He made his first appearance for the club after coming off the bench in the last two minutes of Hamburg's 3–3 draw with 1. FC Köln on 6 February. Van Nistelrooy scored his first two goals for Hamburg on 13 February 2010 against VfB Stuttgart in the 75th and 77th minutes of a 3–1 win, after entering the game just a few minutes prior. On 11 March 2010, he scored his first UEFA Europa League goal in the 40th minute of Hamburg's match against Anderlecht.
Van Nistelrooy scored his only competitive hat-trick with Hamburg on 15 August 2010, in a 5–1 win over Torgelower SV Greif in the first round of the 2010–11 DFB-Pokal. On 21 August 2010, he scored a brace in Hamburg's season opener against Schalke 04, which HSV won 2–1. During that match, he played against his friend and former Real Madrid teammate Raúl, who was making his Bundesliga debut. In the January transfer window, Van Nistelrooy was linked a return move back to Real Madrid and could be used for a short-term basis to cover, following injuries of Gonzalo Higuaín and Karim Benzema as manager José Mourinho would be happy for Van Nistelrooy to join the club as Mourinho left the door for him. Van Nistelrooy admitted he seriously considered moving back to the club if the bid happened. The club, however, rejected Madrid's bid for Van Nistelrooy, giving the club a warning as Hamburg wants to keep hold of him until the transfer window ended. Despite being angered over his move to Real Madrid rejected, Van Nistelrooy said he would remain committed at Hamburg. During a match between Hamburg and Hannover 96 on 16 April 2011, Van Nistelrooy suffered a calf injury that kept him out until the last matchday.
Van Nistelrooy netted seven goals and made two assists in 25 appearances in his only full season with Hamburg.
On 1 June 2011, Van Nistelrooy returned to Spain to pen a one-year deal with La Liga side Málaga, on a free transfer. Van Nistelrooy was presented at La Rosaleda Stadium as he was welcomed by 15,000 Málaga fans. He made his debut in a 2–1 loss against Sevilla on the opening game of the 2011–12 season.
Van Nistelrooy registered his first goal on 1 October 2011 against Getafe. On 21 December, against the same club, he opened the scoring with a volley as Málaga won 3–2 on aggregate in the Copa del Rey. Later on in the season, Van Nistelrooy scored two more goals in the league against Espanyol and Racing Santander, with the latter being his final goal of his career. Just one day before his retirement, Van Nistelrooy made his last appearance of his career, coming on as a substitute in the 75th minute for goalscorer Salomón Rondón, who scored the only goal in Málaga's league match against Sporting Gijón.
On 14 May 2012, Van Nistelrooy announced his retirement from football at the age of 35. He told Sport1 he previously made hints that his football career was coming to an end after insisting Málaga would be his last club.
Van Nistelrooy earned 70 caps and scored 35 goals for the Netherlands. He made his debut for the national team in a friendly match against Germany on 18 November 1998. However, the cruciate ligament injury which postponed his transfer to Manchester United also ruled Van Nistelrooy out of Euro 2000.
As the Dutch failed to qualify for the 2002 World Cup, Van Nistelrooy did not make his tournament debut for the Netherlands until Euro 2004, where he and the Czech Republic's Milan Baroš were the only players to score in all three group stage matches. The Netherlands reached the semi-finals where they were defeated by hosts Portugal 2–1. Van Nistelrooy was named in the tournament all-star team.
During a 2006 World Cup qualifying match, he scored in the Dutch's 4–0 win over bottom-placed Andorra and was yellow-carded for going to Andorra player Antoni Lima and celebrating in front of him, following an incident six minutes before when Van Nistelrooy missed a penalty and Lima laughed at him. He was a part of coach Marco van Basten's squad for the 2006 World Cup finals, for which he served as the official FIFA/SOS ambassador. He started, and was substituted, in all of the Netherlands' group stage matches, and scored his lone goal against the Ivory Coast. Van Nistelrooy was dropped to the bench by Van Basten without an explanation for the Netherlands' second round match, which saw them again eliminated by Portugal.
Van Basten left the striker out of the squad for a friendly against the Republic of Ireland on 16 August 2006. Dirk Kuyt replaced Van Nistelrooy in their next match against Portugal in September. After Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was unavailable for Euro 2008 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Belarus due to injury, Van Nistelrooy refused Van Basten's request to take his place on the roster.
On 23 January 2007, Van Nistelrooy announced his retirement from international football following continued disputes with Van Basten, which had started back in 2006 during the course of the World Cup finals matches. After several phone conversations and at the persuasion of veteran goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, however, both player and coach put aside their differences. Van Basten announced four months later that Van Nistelrooy was returning to the Oranje. On 8 September, Van Nistelrooy filled Huntelaar's spot, as previously requested, for the qualifier against Bulgaria, scoring in a 2–0 victory, and scored the winning goal four days later in injury time of the Netherlands' win over Albania.
At Euro 2008, Van Nistelrooy scored for the Netherlands in their decisive 3–0 victory over Italy in the group stage, and scored the equaliser in their eventual 3–1 loss to Russia in the quarter-finals. On 4 August, he again announced his retirement from international competition.
During the buildup to the 2010 World Cup, Van Nistelrooy again made himself available, but was left out by the Netherlands' new coach Bert van Marwijk. After being left out for the World Cup, Van Nistelrooy said he had no choice but to face the fact that his international career is finished.
After main striker Robin van Persie suffered an injury during a match with his club Arsenal, Van Marwijk gave Van Nistelrooy a chance to reclaim his position as the main striker of the Netherlands' national team. Van Nistelrooy was invited to two Netherlands' Group E qualification matches for Euro 2012 against San Marino and Finland. He scored in the 5–0 victory against San Marino on 3 September 2010.
Van Nistelrooy was again recalled to the squad in March 2011 for two Euro 2012 qualification games with Hungary, after injuries to strikers Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Arjen Robben and Theo Janssen. In the away game on 25 March, he appeared as a late substitute for Dirk Kuyt while in the return game in Amsterdam four days later, he came off the bench to score his 35th international goal. adding it is "wonderful to be able to add something to this Oranje team", as he told Berend Scholten.
Style of playEdit
A highly prolific goalscorer, Van Nistelrooy was known for being extremely clinical and opportunistic in front of goal, and stood out throughout his career for his outstanding striking ability and finishing ability with either foot as well as his head, which earned him a reputation as one of the best strikers of his generation. Due to his excellent positional sense, quick reactions, and intelligent offensive movement, he excelled at finding space in the penalty area and at anticipating his opponents to the ball, and was also known for his ability to time his runs to lose his markers, beat the offside trap, and get on the end of his teammates' passes; his tendency to be in the right place at the right time in the box saw him occasionally labelled as a "poacher" in the media.
A well-rounded centre-forward, in addition to his eye for goal, Van Nistelrooy was gifted with pace, physical strength, and shooting power, as well as excellent technical skills, and an ability to hold up the ball with his back to goal and link-up with his teammates or provide them with assists, due to his ability to read the game. He was also an accurate penalty taker. In spite of his talent and goalscoring ability, however, at times he drew criticism from managers, players and pundits for his controversial behaviour, as well as for having a tendency to be selfish, overly flamboyant, or for his penchant for simulation.
On 22 June 2013, Van Nistelrooy joined PSV as a coaching intern working with the under-17s. He was revealed as the new striker coach of the under-17s, 19s and the reserve team in February 2016.
Van Nistelrooy married his girlfriend, Leontien Slaats, in July 2004. The couple had their first child, a girl named Moa Annette, in September 2006, and a son named Liam in March 2008. Van Nistelrooy was brought up as a Roman Catholic.
Van Nistelrooy and his wife are both heavily involved with the charity organization SOS Children's Villages. The organization has been around since 1949 and is an international development charity which serves to protect the interests and rights of children. Van Nistelrooy was officially appointed "FIFA for SOS Children's Villages" Ambassador in the Netherlands on 1 September 2001.
Van Nistelrooy was sponsored by sportswear company Nike and appeared in Nike commercials. In a global Nike advertising campaign in the run-up to the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan, he starred in a "Secret Tournament" commercial (branded "Scorpion KO") directed by Terry Gilliam, appearing alongside football players such as Thierry Henry, Ronaldo, Edgar Davids, Fabio Cannavaro, Francesco Totti, Ronaldinho, Luís Figo and Hidetoshi Nakata, with former player Eric Cantona as the tournament "referee".
|Club||Season||League||National Cup[a]||League Cup[b]||Europe||Other||Total|
|Den Bosch||1993–94||Eerste Divisie||2||0||0||0||—||—||—||2||0|
|Manchester United||2001–02||Premier League||32||23||2||2||0||0||14[d]||10||1[f]||1||49||36|
|Real Madrid||2006–07||La Liga||37||25||3||2||—||7[d]||6||0||0||47||33|
- Appearances in the Copa del Rey, the DFB-Pokal, the FA Cup and the KNVB Cup
- Appearances in the League Cup
- Appearances in the UEFA Intertoto Cup
- Appearances in the UEFA Champions League
- Appearance in the Johan Cruyff Shield
- Appearance in the FA Charity/Community Shield
- Appearances in the Supercopa de España
- Appearances in the UEFA Europa League
- Netherlands score listed first, score column indicates score after each Van Nistelrooy goal.
|1||28 April 1999||GelreDome, Arnhem, Netherlands||3||Morocco||1–2||1–2||Friendly|
|2||25 April 2001||Philips Stadion, Eindhoven, Netherlands||11||Cyprus||4–0||4–0||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|3||2 June 2001||Lilleküla Stadium, Tallinn, Estonia||12||Estonia||2–2||4–2|
|5||15 August 2001||White Hart Lane, London, England||13||England||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
|6||5 September 2001||Philips Stadion, Eindhoven, Netherlands||15||Estonia||5–0||5–0||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|7||6 October 2001||GelreDome, Arnhem, Netherlands||16||Andorra||3–0||4–0|
|9||20 November 2002||Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen, Germany||21||Germany||3–1||3–1||Friendly|
|10||29 March 2003||De Kuip, Rotterdam, Netherlands||23||Czech Republic||1–0||1–1||UEFA Euro 2004 qualification|
|11||2 April 2003||Sheriff Stadium, Tiraspol, Moldova||24||Moldova||1–1||2–1|
|12||19 November 2003||Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands||29||Scotland||3–0||6–0||UEFA Euro 2004 qualification play-offs|
|15||15 June 2004||Estádio do Dragão, Porto, Portugal||34||Germany||1–1||1–1||UEFA Euro 2004|
|16||19 June 2004||Estádio Municipal de Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal||35||Czech Republic||2–0||2–3|
|17||23 June 2004||Estádio Municipal de Braga, Braga, Portugal||36||Latvia||1–0||3–0|
|19||13 October 2004||Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands||39||Finland||2–1||3–1||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|21||30 March 2005||Philips Stadion, Eindhoven, Netherlands||42||Armenia||2–0||2–0|
|22||8 June 2005||Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland||44||Finland||1–0||4–0|
|23||3 September 2005||Hanrapetakan Stadium, Yerevan, Armenia||46||Armenia||1–0||1–0|
|24||7 September 2005||Philips Stadion, Eindhoven, Netherlands||47||Andorra||3–0||4–0|
|26||27 May 2006||De Kuip, Rotterdam, Netherlands||50||Cameroon||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|27||4 June 2006||51||Australia||1–0||1–1|
|28||16 June 2006||Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion, Stuttgart, Germany||53||Ivory Coast||2–0||2–1||2006 FIFA World Cup|
|29||8 September 2007||Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands||56||Bulgaria||2–0||2–0||UEFA Euro 2008 qualification|
|30||12 September 2007||Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania||57||Albania||1–0||1–0|
|31||29 May 2008||Philips Stadion, Eindhoven, Netherlands||60||Denmark||1–0||1–1||Friendly|
|32||9 June 2008||Stade de Suisse, Bern, Switzerland||62||Italy||1–0||3–0||UEFA Euro 2008|
|33||21 June 2008||St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland||64||Russia||1–1||1–3|
|34||3 September 2010||Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle, San Marino||65||San Marino||5–0||5–0||UEFA Euro 2012 qualification|
|35||29 March 2011||Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands||70||Hungary||3–2||5–3|
- Dutch Footballer of the Year: 1998–99, 1999–2000
- Eredivisie top goalscorer: 1998–99, 1999–2000
- Premier League Player of the Month: December 2001, February 2002, April 2003
- Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year: 2001–02, 2002–03
- ESM Team of the Year: 2001–02
- UEFA Champions League top goalscorer: 2001–02, 2002–03, 2004–05
- UEFA Champions League top assist provider: 2001–02
- FA Cup top goalscorer: 2002–03, 2003–04
- PFA Fans' Player of the Year: 2001–02
- PFA Players' Player of the Year: 2001–02
- PFA Team of the Year: 2001–02 Premier League, 2003–04 Premier League
- IFFHS World's Top Goal Scorer of the Year: 2002
- BBC Goal of the Month: March 2003
- Premier League Player of the Season: 2002–03
- Premier League Golden Boot: 2002–03
- UEFA Club Forward of the Year: 2002–03
- UEFA Team of the Year: 2003
- FIFA 100
- UEFA Euro Team of the Tournament: 2004
- Pichichi Trophy: 2006–07
- ESPN World Team of the Decade: 2009
- IFFHS World's Top Goal Scorer of the Last Decade: 2012
- "Ruud van Nistelrooy". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
- "Player Profile: Ruud van Nistelrooy". Premier League.
- Kuper, Simon (12 August 2001). "Polite Ruud shocks United". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
- Smith, Alan (14 January 2002). "Van Nistelrooy emerges as complete centre-forward". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
- "HJK taipui ennätysyleisön edessä". MTV Uutiset (in Finnish). 25 November 1998. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
- "Ruud van Nistelrooij PSVweb.nl profile". PSVweb.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 16 December 2018.
- "Netherlands – Player of the Year and other awards". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
- "Eredivisie 1999/2000 " Top Scorer". WorldFootball.net. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
- Winter, Henry (27 April 2001). "Van Nistelrooy in melting pot". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 30 April 2010.
- "Record signing for Man Utd". BBC Sport. 21 April 2000. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
- "Man Utd record transfer postponed". BBC Sport. 25 April 2000. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
- "Man Utd record transfer halted". BBC Sport. 27 April 2000. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
- "Van Nistelrooy deal collapses". The Guardian. 27 April 2000. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
- "Van Nistelrooy suffers new injury". BBC Sport. 28 April 2000. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
- "Van Nistelrooy out for a year with cruciate ligament injury". The Guardian. 28 April 2000. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
- "Man Utd clinch Van Nistelrooy deal". BBC Sport. 23 April 2001. Retrieved 30 April 2010.
- Winter, Henry (12 August 2001). "Liverpool shut out raging storm". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
- Lacey, David (20 August 2001). "Winning habit sees United home". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
- Lacey, David (18 October 2001). "United sunk by Barthez blunders". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
- Fifield, Dominic (24 December 2001). "Van Nistelrooy wires up United and strings up the Saints". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
- Bradley, Mark (7 January 2002). "Van Nistelrooy breaks Villa in three-goal comeback". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
- "Van Nistelrooy nets Golden Boot". BBC Sport. 11 May 2003. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
- McCarra, Kevin (25 November 2002). "Van Nistelrooy helps United capitalise on their reserves". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
- "Van Nistelrooy sends Man Utd top". BBC Sport. 22 March 2003. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
- Wilson, Paul (4 May 2003). "Van Nistelrooy's title role". The Observer. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
- "Ruud nets Player of the Year award". ESPN. 14 May 2003. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
- "Van Nistelrooy has final say". The Daily Telegraph. 14 May 2003. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
- Atherton, Paul (2 May 2003). "Man Utd in Ruud health". BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
- "Van Nistelrooy wins award". BBC Sport. 29 August 2003. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
- "That finishing Dutch". The Guardian. 30 November 2003. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
- "Ruud van Nistelrooy deserves more than being a footnote to Jamie Vardy's achievements". The Daily Telegraph. 23 November 2015. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
- "Jamie Vardy breaks record for goals in consecutive games". BBC Sport. 28 November 2015. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
- "Deadlock at Old Trafford". BBC Sport. 21 September 2003. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
- "Arsenal players banned". BBC Sport. 30 October 2003. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
- "Arsenal Fined For Old Trafford Battle". Sky News. 30 October 2003. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
- "Van Nistelrooy accused". BBC Sport. 22 September 2003. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
- Buckingham, Mark (22 September 2003). "Vieira in stamp claim". Sky Sports. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
- Oliver, Pete (21 September 2003). "Ferguson anger after Wenger claims Van Nistelrooy cheated". ESPN. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
- "Red-hot United stun Foxes". BBC Sport. 27 September 2003. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
- "Everton 3–4 Man Utd". BBC Sport. 7 February 2004. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
- Wilson, Paul (15 February 2004). "City left red-faced by Ruud and Co". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
- "Van Nistelrooy proves point". BBC Sport. 6 March 2004. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
- "Man Utd win FA Cup". BBC Sport. 22 May 2004. Retrieved 26 January 2010.
- McNulty, Phil (16 September 2004). "Ruud lays down Law". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 April 2010.
- "Man Utd 2–0 Arsenal". BBC Sport. 24 October 2004. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
- "United end Arsenal's unbeaten run". CNN. 24 October 2004. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
- Moore, Glenn (27 October 2004). "Van Nistelrooy repents while Wenger fumes". The Independent. Independent Print. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
- Taylor, Daniel (4 November 2004). "Four-star Van Nistelrooy runs riot". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
- "Newcastle 1–4 Man Utd". BBC Sport. 17 April 2005. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
- Lawrence, Amy (22 May 2005). "Vieira holds his nerve to claim historic penalty prize for Arsenal". The Observer. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
- "Man Utd 4–0 Charlton". BBCn. 7 May 2006. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
- Rich, Tim (8 May 2006). "United move on without Van Nistelrooy". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
- Luckhurst, Samuel (10 July 2013). "Wayne Rooney Another Manchester United Man To Lose Battle With Sir Alex Ferguson?". The Huffington Post. AOL. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
- Taylor, Daniel (11 January 2011). "Ruud van Nistelrooy apologises to United's manager Sir Alex Ferguson". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
- "Bolton 1–2 Man Utd". BBC Sport. 1 April 2006. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
- "Real Madrid sign Dutch striker Van Nistelrooy". Soccernet. ESPN. 27 July 2006. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
- "Ruud finally makes debut for Real". New Straits Times. 6 August 2006. p. 69. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
- "Ruud van Nistelrooy. Full Q & A". YouTube. Oxford Union. 6 February 2016. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
- "Ruud van Nistelrooy names Brazil legend Ronaldo as the best player he ever played with". The Mirror. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
- "Van Nistelrooy goals rescue Real". BBC Sport. 9 June 2007. Retrieved 4 July 2007.
- "Van Nistelrooy extends contract with Real Madrid to 2010". Reuters. 10 January 2008. Retrieved 30 April 2010.
- "Van Nistelrooy has ankle surgery". FIFA. 19 March 2008.
- Fletcher, Paul (7 May 2008). "Real Madrid 4–1 Barcelona". BBC Sport.
- "Real's Van Nistelrooy out for season after knee injury". Agence France-Presse. 13 November 2008. Archived from the original on 26 January 2009. Retrieved 14 November 2008.
- "Van Nistelrooy out for season with knee injury". Soccernet. ESPN. 13 November 2008. Retrieved 30 April 2010.
- "Real Madrid Star Ruud van Nistelrooy Injured Against Xerez". Goal.com. 20 September 2009. Retrieved 30 April 2010.
- "Third division Alcorcón ridicules Real Madrid". France 24. Reuters. 28 October 2009. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
- "HSV verpflichtet Ruud van Nistelrooy" [HSV signs Ruud van Nistelrooy] (in German). Hamburger SV. 23 January 2010. Archived from the original on 27 January 2010. Retrieved 30 April 2010.
- "Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy joins Hamburg". BBC Sport. 23 January 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2010.
- "Three-star Robben strikes as Bayern draw level". Agence France-Presse. 6 February 2010. Retrieved 27 April 2010.
- "Van Nistelrooy at the double for Hamburg". Agence France-Presse. 13 February 2010. Retrieved 30 April 2010.
- "Jarolím gives Hamburg breathing space". UEFA. 11 March 2010. Retrieved 27 April 2010.
- "Torgelower SV Greif 1–5 Hamburg SV". ESPN Soccernet. 15 August 2010. Retrieved 23 August 2010.
- "Jose opens door for Ruud". Sky Sports. 15 January 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2012.
- "Ruud reveals Real appeal". Sky Sports. 16 January 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2012.
- "Hamburg – Hands off Ruud". Sky Sports. 19 January 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2012.
- "Ruud committed to Hamburg". Sky Sports. 12 February 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2012.
- "Ruud van Nistelrooy to miss rest of the season". Fox Sports. 17 April 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
- "Ruud van Nistelrooy". Fussballdaten.de (in German). Retrieved 16 December 2018.
- "Hamburger SV Squad Summary 2010/11". WhoScored.com.
- "Van Nistelrooy returns to La Liga with Malaga". BBC Sport. 2 June 2011. Retrieved 2 June 2011.
- "Presentación galáctica de Van Nistelrooy ante 15.000 personas". Marca (in Spanish). Madrid. 2 June 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2012.
- "Negredo at the double in Sevilla win". Eurosport. 29 August 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
- "Ruud van Nistelrooy". ESPN FC. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
- "Van Nistelrooy trefzeker tijdens overwinning Málaga". Voetbal International (in Dutch). 1 October 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
- Bonachera, Rocío (21 December 2011). "Buonanotte y Van Nistelrooy clasifican al Málaga para octavos de Copa". Vavel (in Spanish). Retrieved 16 December 2018.
- "Malaga comes from behind to beat Espanyol". Sportsnet. Associated Press. 25 March 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
- "El Málaga vence sin problemas y ya es tercero". Cuatro (in Spanish). Reuters. 9 April 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
- "El Málaga completa una sensacional temporada clasificándose para la Champions League". El Economista (in Spanish). Europa Press. 13 May 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
- "Ruud van Nistelrooy calls time on career at age of 35". The Daily Telegraph. London. 14 May 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
- "Van Nistelrooy admits he could retire this summer". Goal.com. 20 March 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2012.
- Di Maggio, Roberto (5 February 2015). "Ruud van Nistelrooij – Goals in international matches". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
- "Van Nistelrooy out for a year with cruciate ligament injury". The Guardian. London. 28 April 2000. Retrieved 31 March 2011.
- "2006 FIFA World Cup preliminaries: Netherlands vs Andorra". FIFA. 7 September 2005. Archived from the original on 8 September 2011. Retrieved 27 May 2011.
- "FIFA for SOS Children's Villages Ambassadors". SOS Children's Villages. 21 February 2006. Archived from the original on 28 September 2006. Retrieved 18 August 2006.
- "Van Basten drops Van Nistelrooy". News24. 11 August 2006. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
- "Van Nistelrooij haalt uit naar bondscoach" (in Dutch). nos.nl. 26 September 2006. Archived from the original on 11 September 2007. Retrieved 6 September 2007.
- "Van Nistelrooy in Dutch decision". BBC Sport. 23 January 2007. Retrieved 23 January 2007.
- "Ruud to make Holland return". Sky Sports. 25 May 2007. Retrieved 25 May 2007.[permanent dead link]
- "Ruud primed for Dutch return". RTÉ Sport. 25 May 2007. Retrieved 25 May 2007.
- "Madrid duo do the Netherlands proud". UEFA. 9 September 2007. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
- Ruizenaar, Theo (4 August 2008). "Van Nistelrooy retires from international football". Reuters UK. Retrieved 4 August 2008.
- "Van Nistelrooy quits Dutch set-up". BBC Sport. 4 August 2008. Retrieved 4 August 2008.
- "Trio omitted from Dutch Cup squad". BBC Sport. 15 May 2010. Retrieved 23 May 2010.
- "Dutch striker accepts fate". Sky Sports. 13 May 2010. Retrieved 15 November 2012.
- "Van Nistelrooij terug bij Nederlands Elftal" [Van Nistelrooij back in Dutch national squad] (in Dutch). Nu.nl. 30 August 2010. Retrieved 30 August 2010.
- "Huntelaar hits hat-trick". ESPN Soccernet. 3 September 2010. Retrieved 3 September 2010.
- "Dutch recall Van Nistelrooy". Sky Sports. 21 March 2011. Retrieved 29 March 2011.
- "Lineups: Hungary 0–4 Netherlands". UEFA. 25 March 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
- Scholten, Berend (29 March 2011). "Kuyt kills off brave Hungary for Netherlands". UEFA. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
- Scholten, Berend (30 March 2011). "Van Nistelrooy vaunts Dutch class". UEFA. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
- Ogden, Mark (23 November 2015). "Ruud van Nistelrooy deserves more than being a footnote to Jamie Vardy's achievements". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
- Hayes, Alex (13 January 2002). "A toast to Van extraordinaire". The Independent. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
- Magee, Will (7 December 2016). "The Cult: Ruud van Nistelrooy". Vice Sports. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
- Welch, Ben. "Ruud van Nistelrooy: Time your run to perfection". FourFourTwo. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
- Moore, Glenn (4 November 2004). "Van Nistelrooy trumps Rooney's trick". The Independent. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
- "Van Nistelrooy: a life in goalscoring". UEFA.com. 30 November 2007. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
- "The forward scored the winning goal at the San Mamés in the 2007–08 campaign". www.realmadrid.com. 1 December 2017. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
- Fanning, Evan (10 March 2008). "Charlton Athletic 1 Preston North End 2: Brown goals are a Ruud awakening for Charlton". The Independent. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
- Kay, Oliver (16 September 2004). "United in debt to Van Nistelrooy after great escape". The Times. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
- "Southampton 1-2 Man Utd". BBC Sport. 15 May 2005. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
- Mathieson, Stuart (24 November 2015). "How former Manchester United striker legend Ruud van Nistelrooy set the benchmark for Jamie Vardy". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
- "Ruud still Reds penalty king says Fergie". Manchester Evening News. 11 August 2004. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
- "Van Nistelrooy, Ooijer, Kolkka and Zenden undertake internship". PSV. 22 June 2013. Archived from the original on 19 May 2014. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
- "Ruud van Nistelrooy roped in at Dutch side PSV Eindhoven". Kick Off. 3 February 2016. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
- "Van Nistelrooy joins Holland coaching setup". ESPN UK. 28 March 2014. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
- "Ruud van Nistelrooy volgt Mark van Bommel op bij PSV-jeugd: 'Het trainersvak heeft me gegrepen'". Omroep Brabant (in Dutch). 25 June 2018. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
- "Ruud celebrates match of the day". BBC News. 10 July 2004. Retrieved 2 February 2011.
- "New father Van Nistelrooy rejoins Real squad". Yahoo! Sport. 26 September 2006. Retrieved 6 September 2007.[permanent dead link]
- "Proud dad Ruud set for Real berth". CNN. 26 September 2006. Retrieved 6 September 2007.
- "Van Nistelrooy happy". Real Madrid C.F. 26 September 2006. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 6 September 2007.
- "What Dutch football tells us". The Tablet. 4 November 2000. Archived from the original on 24 November 2015. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
- "The Netherlands: Ruud van Nistelrooy". SOS Children's Villages. Archived from the original on 17 June 2010. Retrieved 19 November 2009.
- "Van Nistelrooy's Charity Work". Real Madrid C.F. 17 November 2009. Archived from the original on 20 November 2009. Retrieved 19 November 2009.
- "A lighter shoe, cooler kits, a faster ball, a Secret Tournament – every touch counts". NikeBiz. Nike. Archived from the original on 2 June 2002. Retrieved 21 July 2012.
- Cozens, Claire (3 April 2002). "Cantona hosts World Cup with a difference". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 July 2012.
- "Silva and Van Nistelrooy join ESPN for World Cup". ESPN. 11 January 2014. Retrieved 19 July 2014.
- "Van Nistelrooy, Ruud". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
- "Ruud van Nistelrooy PSV.nl profile". PSV Eindhoven official website. 18 April 2002. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
- "Ruud van Nistelrooy The Top Forward profile". The Top Forward. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
- "Ruud van Nistelrooy". European Football. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
- "R. van Nistelrooy". Soccerway. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
- "Ruud van Nistelrooy: Overview". Premier League. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
- "Eredivisie 1998/1999 " Top Scorer". WorldFootball.net. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
- Arrowsmith, Richard (16 May 2013). "'An incredible year': Robin Van Persie gushes after picking up fans' Manchester United Player of the Year award". Mirror Online. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
- "UEFA Champions League – 2001/02". UEFA. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
- "UEFA Champions League – 2002/03". UEFA. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
- "UEFA Champions League – 2004/05". UEFA. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
- "FA Cup 2002/2003 » Top Scorer". WorldFootball. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
- "FA Cup 2003/2004 » Top Scorer". WorldFootball. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
- "Van Nistelrooy is PFA Player of the Year". BBC. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
- Warren, Andy (20 April 2017). "Manchester United kings of the PFA Team of the Year award". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
- "Former results". IFFHS.de. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
- "Historic goals: Van Nistelrooy". Real Madrid C.F. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
- Brewin, John (25 December 2009). "World Team of the Decade". ESPNsoccernet. ESPN. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
- "Van Nistelrooy is named best goal scorer of the last decade by the IFFHS". Málaga Club de Fútbol. Retrieved 13 November 2016.