The 33yr old Hamburg striker who turned down the overtures of Tottenham and Stoke during the transfer window left Real Madrid and joined the German title contenders Hamburg on an 18 month deal. Whilst he has suffered many injuries the past two years and is entering the twilight of his career, Van the man still oozes class.
His goal record is astonishing, before his big money move to Manchester United in 2001 Nistelrooy scored 62 goals in 67 games for Dutch side PSV Eindhoven. At Old Trafford Nistelrooy really came into his own scoring 95 goals in 150 league appearances. He is also 2nd in the all time Champions League top goals scorers with an incredible 60 goals. Whilst initially he prospered in his move to Real Madrid in 2006, injury has plighted him and with new ownership taking control at the Bernabeu, it is believed his services were no longer required.
Upon turning down overtures from the Premier League the former Dutch international decided on joining German outfit Hamburg and in his first appearance for the club repaid some of the investment. Nistelrooy was brought on by Hamburg boss Bruno Labbadia with 70 minutes on the clock as Hamburg were drawing with Stuttgart in a German league match. The former Manchester United marksman scored twice within 7 minutes of coming on. Hamburg won the game 3-1 and it highlighted just how much Van the man still has to offer the game.
Seeing him for one last hurrah in the Premier League would have been fantastic. Especially at a club like Tottenham where he would have gained goal scoring opportunities, at Stoke he probably would have been a bad apple in a very hard working tight knit team. When you have scored as many goals and won as many titles as Nistelrooy, you’re going to have an ego.
Have a look at some video of Nistelrooy at his best: Ruud Van Nistelrooy at his best.
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