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During his first season, Van Nistelrooy scored 23 goals in 32 league games, ending the year on a league-record eight-game consecutive scoring streak. He also scored ten Champions League goals, and ended his debut season by being named the PFA Players' Player of the Year, scoring 36 goals in the process. Van Nistelrooy held the record for most goals in a debut season in the English Premier League (23) until Fernando Torres of Liverpool broke his record by scoring his 24th on the last day of the 2007/8 season.
In the 2002-03 season, van Nistelrooy scored 44 goals in 52 games in all competitions. He scored 12 Champions League goals in 10 games, as well as two in Champions League qualifying. He was the leading scorer in the Premier League scoring 25 goals in 34 games, including three hat-tricks, and he ended the season with another eight-game scoring streak.
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