Deadly Dutchman: 10 great goals from birthday boy Van Nistelrooy
Ruud van Nistelrooy, one of the finest finishers ever to grace the Premier League celebrates his 39th birthday today, and to join in with the party we bring you 10 of his best ever goals for club and country.
The deadly Dutchman enjoyed great goalscoring spells with Manchester United and Real Madrid, and is still the fourth most clinical hitman in Champions League history.
Sit back and enjoy these 10 wonderful goals.
Before earning a switch to Old Trafford, the former Premier League sharpshooter was busy smashing home fantastic goals like this for PSV in his homeland against close rivals Ajax.
During United’s tour of America they faced Barcelona and Van Nistelrooy’s instincts were still as sharp as ever in pre-season, rounding the goalkeeper to finish the Spanish side off.
“Is there anything this boy can’t do?”
The former Netherlands international hitman incredibly skipped past Martin Keown and left both him and his Arsenal defensive teammate Sol Campbell for dust, before clinical slotting home for the Red Devils.
United could use a player of his calibre next season and are 5/1 with Coral to win the Premier League title.
Known for his clinical instincts in the six-year box, Van Nistelrooy could also spring to life with a dazzling run through defence. Those individual talents are highlighted here with his sensational solo goal against Fulham in a league clash against Fulham.
Wayne Rooney enjoyed a successful partnership with Van Nistelrooy during their time together at Old Trafford and this strike from the latter proves how potent the duo was under Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Dutchman majestically traps a lofted pass from Rooney, after a delightful solo run from wide, and clinically swivels to volley home.
Winning over the affection of Real fans is simply done with a goal against bitter El Clasico rivals Barcelona and Van Nistelrooy did exactly that.
Capping off a freeflowing move from Real, the former La Liga hitman fired in past Barca acrobatically in mid-air.
During a campaign which left a lot to be desired for United, Van Nistelrooy dispatched this fine finish against Everton in a league clash, once again linking up with current Red Devils skipper Rooney.
During his time with Spanish giants Madrid, Van Nistelrooy continued his rampant streak, and this sublime volley against Valencia in a La Liga clash is out of the top drawer.
Despite not claiming the silverware he would have craved at international level, Van Nistelrooy still managed to score constantly. This peach of a strike against Bulgaria proves he could find the net clinically after donning the famous orange jersey.
Remembered more the celebration, Van Nistelrooy struck a penalty for the Netherlands of the post and was laughed at by Andorra defenders. Moments later the confident Dutchman slotted home from close range and celebrated in typically defiant Van Nistelrooy style.
Louis van Gaal will wish he had a striker of Van Nistelrooy’s talents in his ranks for next season, with United 20/1 for a Champions League triumph.