Rutgerus Johannes Martinus van Nistelrooij (born July 1, 1976) is a former player and coach in the Netherlands. He is now the under-19s coach of PSV Eindhoven and the assistant manager of the Netherlands.
He played as a striker and was known for his speed and ability to score goals from any position on the field. Van Nistelrooij has been called "the Dutch Ronaldo" because of his talent. After making his debut at age 17, he went on to play for Ajax, Manchester United, Barcelona, Italian club Juventus and Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.
At international level, he represented the Netherlands at three UEFA European Championships and one FIFA World Cup. The latter was the country's first ever World Cup in 1994 when the Dutch made it to the quarter-finals before being eliminated by Brazil. Van Nistelrooij scored two goals in this tournament.
After retiring from playing football, he became a coach and was appointed manager of AZ Alkmaar in June 2015. However, he was sacked just over a year later after losing all six matches that he had been involved with during his time at the club.
Since then, he has been working as an assistant manager at PSV Eindhoven. He currently lives in Amsterdam with his wife and two children.
Ruud van Nistelrooy net worth: Ruud van Nistelrooy is a retired Dutch professional soccer player with a $30 million net worth. Ruud van Nistelrooy was born in July 1976 in Oss, North Brabant, the Netherlands. He played as a striker for Ajax and Manchester United and earned over 100 caps for the Netherlands national team. After his playing career ended, van Nistelrooy managed several clubs including PSV and Arsenal.
He debuted for Ajax at the age of 17 years and nine months and stayed with the club until 2001 when he moved to England where he joined Manchester United. At United he became one of the most successful strikers of all time scoring 145 goals in 392 games. Van Nistelrooy's success helped him earn multiple medals including two League titles, an FA Cup, and a UEFA Champions League title. In 2004 he returned to Amsterdam to manage PSV but after only one season there he moved back to England where he took over as manager of Arsenal in 2005. However, he was sacked after only six months into a three-year contract. He has since then worked as a television pundit for ESPN.
Van Nistelrooy has been voted the best striker of his generation by various organizations including the Dutch football association and he is considered one of the greatest strikers in Ajax history.
Eindhoven PSV Ruud celebrated his 22nd birthday by joining PSV Eindhoven from Heerenveen for PS4.2 million, a record sum for Dutch teams at the time. The striker came through the youth ranks at FH and joined the club in 1995 at age 16. He made an immediate impact by helping the team win its first ever championship in 1996. Ruud went on to make over 250 appearances for the club and score over 100 goals.
Ruud's career was cut short by injury though he did return from a long-term layoff to help the club win its second title in 2001. He announced his retirement at the end of that season but returned for a third spell with PSV in 2004. He ended his playing days there by scoring in the last game of the season as the club won its fourth league title.
Ruud started his professional career by scoring 15 times in 35 games for his hometown club FH during the 1994-95 season. The following year he moved to PSV and became one of the most prolific scorers in the Eredivisie. In his first season he helped the club win its first title ever while he also scored 21 goals in 36 games during the 1996-97 campaign. He finished as the top scorer of the league with 51 goals.
Ruud van Nistelrooy | €25.6 million Van Nistelrooy, one of the finest strikers United has ever had, only loses out on a ten because the Red Devils only won one Premier League championship, an FA Cup, and the League Cup during the Dutchman's five seasons with the club. Between 2001 and 2006, the prolific attacker scored 150 goals in 219 appearances for United. After leaving Old Trafford, van Nistelrooy went on to play for Chelsea, Hamburg, Milan, and Yokohama F. Marinos.
He ended his career with Ironi Nir Ramat HaSharon in Israel in 2016. In total, van Nistelrooy scored 225 goals in 363 matches in all competitions for United, making him the second most successful scorer in the club's history behind Wayne Rooney. His earnings are estimated to be $80 million.
Now aged 38, van Nistelrooy is still involved in football and serves as assistant manager of PSV Eindhoven, who he joined in January 2017. The club announced in April 2019 that he would leave at the end of the season.
Van Nistelrooy started his professional career at Feyenoord where he remained for seven years before moving to United. During his time at Feyenoord, he played a major role in helping the club win the UEFA Champions League in 1995. At United, he was part of the team that finished first in the Premier League four times in a row from 2001 to 2004.
Ruud van Nistelrooy's prodigious goal-scoring heroics at Old Trafford have secured his place in United mythology. In his first three seasons in Manchester, the Dutchman scored 100 goals. That is more than any other player who has not been named as MVP.
His career at United came to an end in 2004 after he suffered a knee injury that required surgery. However, he did return from this injury to make one final appearance in a red shirt against Leeds United in the last game of the season. This match ended in a 2-2 draw and Van Nistelrooy gave himself a farewell speech before the start of the second half. After his retirement, it was revealed that he had cancer during his time at United. He died in April 2010 at the age of 44.
Despite his short career at United, he still holds many scoring records including most league goals by a newcomer (27), fastest ever scorer for a British club (48 minutes vs West Bromwich Albion) and most goals in a single UEFA Champions League campaign (12).
These achievements earn him a place in the Hall of Fame at Old Trafford. The official site also lists him as number 9 among the "greatest" players ever to have played for the club.