Malaga's Dutch striker Ruud van
Nistelrooy announced his retirement on Monday, saying at the age
of 35 his body could take no more.
"Yesterday was my last game as a professional player," Van
Nistelrooy told a news conference, referring to Malaga's 1-0 win
over Sporting Gijon that secured them fourth place in La Liga
and a first venture into the Champions League for next season.
"The reality is that the moment has arrived to leave
football. The top level of Spanish football and the Champions
League force me to recognise I have reached my physical limit.
It couldn't be a better time to say goodbye, in a moment of such
Van Nistelrooy won league titles in the Netherlands with PSV
Eindhoven, in England with Manchester United and in Spain with
Real Madrid. He has scored 34 international goals for the
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