Ruud van Nistelrooy: "It’s been an unforgettable year. Thank you to everyone”

Málaga Club de Fútbol’s Dutch international striker, Ruud van Nistelrooy, has announced his retirement from professional football, in a press conference at La Rosaleda this Monday 14th May, in front of extensive national and international media. Van Nistelrooy was accompanied by his family, friends and team mates, as they said goodbye to one of the best European footballers in history, and the highest goal scorer of the last decade.


14/05/2012 14:03

Appearance by Ruud Van Nistelrooy

"I played my last match as a professional footballer yesterday.  My dream, and that of the Club, was to qualify for Champions, and I think now is the right time for me to retire.  Playing at the highest level in the League as well as the Champions, has made me realise that I’ve reached my physical limit.  There’s not a better way, or a better time for me to retire, it was completely my decision”.
“I would like to thank Málaga Club de Fútbol, my team mates, the coach, Antonio Fernández - Sporting Director – Fernando Hierro – MCF’s General Manager – the coaching and medical teams, and everyone that works with the Club, for an unforgettable year.  I’m proud to have played in different championships in various parts of the world, but the biggest satisfaction for me is to have worked hard every day, year after year, to reach the highest level of football”.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the fans of FC Den Bosch, Heerenveen, PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Hamburg and Málaga CF, as well as the Dutch national team.  Also thank you to my followers, who’ve been supporting me all over the world, my agent, who’s been a friend, a true inspiration and adviser, and to Nike for believing in me.  I’d like to thank my family, my wife and children and all my friends, for all your support in helping me have such a successful career”.

Press conference
"I made the decision in February/March.  I knew it was the right time for me to retire.  I didn’t make an announcement before, as I didn’t want it to interfere with the team and the work we were doing.  We were working towards our ultimate goal, and I didn’t want the headlines to be about me.  The most important thing was to keep working to achieve our dream”.
“I arrived at the Club a year ago, at the start of an exciting new project, with new ideas and big dreams.  Now we’re in fourth position in the Spanish League.  It’s amazing, a wonderful feeling.  I’d like to congratulate everyone, the team, and all at the Club, who’ve helped us achieve our goal”.
“It was a spectacular final.  Retiring from football at almost 36 years of age, without injury, and being completely my decision, is very important to me.  Also helping Málaga CF reach the Champions League after an amazing, historic year, and lots of hard work”.

“I played as well as I could, and wasn’t thinking about my retirement at all.  Now is the time to decide what I’m going to do”.

“It’s wonderful to have the love and support from fans.  Every professional footballer works hard to keep the fans happy, and when they return the sentiment, there’s nothing better”.

“I always wanted to retire on top.  It’s been a fantastic year, and we’re celebrating our fourth place.  After Real Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia, there’s Málaga CF, and this is a wonderful memory that I’ll remember forever”.