He is the first entrant into our Dutch football Hall of Fame, we take a look back at the wonderful career of Roy Makaay.

makaay aOne of the most feared forwards of his generation, Makaay was capable of scoring  from any situation. Two footed, fast, and great in the air, Makaay had it all.

Over 17 years, Makaay only failed to reach double figures in a season twice, as he conquered Netherlands, Germany, and Spain.

Rudulphus Antonius Makaay started his career with Vitesse, but found it hard to score goals at first, needing 11 games to finally net his first for the club, which came in an away match against Heerenveen in 1994.

However, Makaay worked hard at his game, and the rewards showed, as over the next three seasons, he netted 41 goals. The 96/97 season was when the striker really broke onto the scene, scoring 19 goals, and earning his first call up to the Netherlands national side, playing a friendly against Wales.

At the age of 22, the world was Makaay’s oyster, and although Ajax wanted to secure his service, he was put off by the arrogance of coach Louis van Gaal. A move to Spanish La Liga side Tenerife, alongside teammate Ferdi Vierklau followed.

Tenerife struggled in the two years Makaay was at the club, with a 16th place finish in his first year, before the club were relegated to the Segunda division in 1999. However Makaay flourished in Spain, honing his skills as a penalty box preditor, and netted 21 goals in 72 appearances for the club.

Makaay was wanted by a number of clubs, but chose to join Deportivo la Coruna, and it was with the Blue and Whites, that the forward enjoyed the most successful period of his career.

Rapido y letal (fast and deadly) was his nickname from the Spanish press, as he, and Diego Tristan formed a deadly partnership. A first season total of 22 goals in 36 league games, handed the club their first ever La Liga title in 2000.

A few indifferent seasons followed, but in 2003, Makaay was not only top scorer in La Liga, but also the whole of Europe, as he netted 39 goals in 54 games, winning the Dutchman the European golden boot.

This earned him an €18 million move to German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, where he was given his nickname “Das Phantom” for his abilities to score goals out of nothing, and boy did he score goals!

In 178 matches for Bayern Munich, Makaay managed a monumental 102 goals, including the fastest ever in the Champions League, after only 10.12 seconds, as he helped his club knock Real Madrid out of the competition in 2007.

After four seasons, and two Bundesliga title’s Makaay decided it was time to return home, when the German club signed Miroslav Klose and he did so with his boyhood heroes Feyenoord, who paid €5 million for the  32 year old.

He may have lost a bit of the pace that had made him so lethal in Spain, and Germany, but he still knew how to score goals. Over three seasons, Makaay found the net 50 times in 101 games, helping Feyenoord to the KNVB Cup in 2008, in what would be his final career trophy.

Feyenoord were beginning to turn to a more youthful approach, and Makaay was struggling to fit into the clubs new plans. Vitesse wanted to offer the 35 year old a return to the club, but he decided to call it a day.

Roy Makaay played his final league match against Heerenveen on the 2nd of May 2010, and went out with a bang, as he netted a brilliant hat-trick in a 6-2 victory. A perfect end to a brilliant career.

In total, Makaay managed to score 314 goals in 636 games, making him one of the most prolific strikers o his generation, and rightly earning him a place in our hall of fame.

The only disappointment for Makaay, will have been his international career, where competing with Ruud van Nistelrooy, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Kluivert, meant he only made 31 games for the Netherlands, scoring 4 times.

Now a youth coach at Feyenoord, Makaay is now influencing the clubs top talent, and there is no doubt if youngsters listen from the master, a goal-scoring machine may be unearthed over the next few years.

 

 

 




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