Former United striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy announced his retirement today, at the age of 35. The striker had been playing for Champions League hopefuls Malaga this term, but having only netted 5 times in 35 appearences has decided to call it a day.
“I’ve played my last match in my professional career,” he said upon quitting the sport.
“I wanted to play in the Champions League, but it is the moment to leave.” he continued “I have arrived at my physical limit and I can’t play at the maximum level. I couldn’t have had a better send-off than this.
“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.
“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.”
Ruud gave us great memories over the years, but astonishingly only one won title in five years, the memory that sticks in the mind for me though, is that wonderful solo goal against Fulham.