Ruud Van Nistelrooy
Club: Manchester United, Real Madrid
History: For the Netherlands, van Nistelrooy has a return of more than a goal every other game, scoring 28 times in 54 appearances. For Manchester United he has scored 150 goals in 219 games, as of April 1, 2006. Spanning his time at PSV Eindhoven and Manchester United, Van Nistelrooy has scored 46 goals in 55 UEFA Champions League matches (43 in 54 excluding qualifying matches which are not officially counted by UEFA), an enviable return for any striker.
However, despite being the Barclays Premiership’s second highest scorer with 21 goals this season, van Nistelrooy had to settle for a place on the substitutes’ bench after being dropped for the Carling Cup final against Wigan Athletic. He scored against West Ham on his return to the first team on March 29 but was dropped to the bench again for the next match against Bolton. He did come on as a second half substitute, though, and scored the winner in a 2–1 victory. It was his 150th goal for Manchester United. During the World Cup there was considerable doubt as to whether van Nistelrooy would continue to be a United player, with strong rumors that he might go to Germany or Spain . On July 14th it was confirmed that he wanted to leave the club., and on July 26th he passed a medical at Real Madrid.
Key Skill: Stays near the goal and scores goals of all kinds, volleys, headers, either foot, sliding and so on.
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