Clubs: FC Den Bosch, SC Heerenveen, PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United FC, Real Madrid CF, Hamburger SV
UEFA Champions League: Leading scorer 2002, 2003, 2005
UEFA Club Forward of the Year: 2003
UEFA.com users' Team of the Year: 2003
• Van Nistelrooy spent the first few years of his career in the Dutch second tier at Den Bosch before an impressive 13-goal debut Eredivisie campaign with Heerenveen prompted a transfer to PSV.
• Scored 60 league goals in his first two campaigns at PSV, topping the Eredivisie scoring charts on each occasion and forming a brilliant partnership with Belgian Luc Nilis; a British-record €30m move to Manchester United was delayed a year by serious knee injury, taking place in 2001 rather than 2000.
• Made up for lost time at Old Trafford, enjoying five phenomenal seasons there, top-scoring (with 25 goals) in the club's 2002/03 Premier League triumph and scooping the UEFA Champions League top-scorer prize three times in four years, with a tournament-record tally of 12 in 2002/03; in so doing he became United's all-time record scorer in Europe with 38 goals, overtaking Denis Law.
• Awarded his first cap for the Netherlands in November 1998 against Germany, he made his belated major tournament bow at UEFA EURO 2004, scoring four goals in his first three games; managed one goal at 2006 FIFA World Cup (but unused for the last-16 defeat by Portugal) and two at UEFA EURO 2008 but not selected for 2010 World Cup despite goal-every-other-game scoring record.
• Left United for Real Madrid in 2006 and claimed Pichichi award with 25 goals as the club regained the Spanish title; added ten more UEFA Champions League goals in two seasons with the club and a second title in 2008 before injury and a departure for Hamburg in January 2009.