It probably was not one of the big moves in the winter transfer window, but it was one that marked a huge turning point in the life of Ruud Van Nistelrooy. The Dutch International who is still keen on playing in the World Cup, fell out of favour at his old club Real Madrid after Florentino Perez’s “spectacular sporting project” brought world class players Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo to the Bernabeu.
Van Nistelrooy says that Hamburg’s appeal and the experience of playing in the Bundesliga was enough to lure him to Germany. I guess after playing for some of the world’s biggest clubs and great leagues, a move to Germany was the only logical thing.
Ruud had an incredible 5 years at Old Trafford where he emerged top scorer a number of times. However, injuries were his biggest undoing and he eventually left the club after falling out with Sir Alex.
Real Madrid signed him on but he failed to make an impact in La Liga. In his own words, Ruud believes that his move to Hamburg has provided him with another chance, a new chapter in his career. Ruud’s move to Hamburg is a step in the right direction however, he is no spring chicken and it will take more for him to convince not only the coach but also his team mates that he is ready and fit for a place in the Holland squad.
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