35 year-old Malaga Dutch striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy has retired from professional football on Monday, that ends a great career that includes playing for Championship winning teams Manchester United and Real Madrid.
He played for five seasons with Manchester United, winning the English league twice and four seasons with Real Madrid that included two La Liga titles.
Van NistelRooy told the press at a conference that ”Yesterday I played my last match as a professional. I think the moment has come for me to stop playing football – I have reached my physical limit.’
He also added that “there could be no better way to say goodbye than this, in a euphoric moment for the club.” Van Nistelrooy is referring to the club’s achievement of winning a place in next year’s Champion’s League.
“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.”
During his 20 year career, Van Nistelrooy was crowned top scorer in three countries – The Netherlands, England and Spain.
He moved to Malaga last year after a two-season stint with Hamburg.
Van Nistelrooy also said that ”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.
Source: Super Sport