Ruud Van Nistelrooy, former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker, will land with the UEFA Champions League trophy at Phnom Penh Airport at noon before being whisked on the first leg of his whistle-stop trophy tour of Phnom Penh.
As part of the UEFA’s Champions League Trophy tour presented by Heineken, the Dutchman, 41, is expected to spend time in the kingdom with the trophy stationed at Koh Pich in Phnom Penh.
The occasion marks the first time club football’s most prestigious trophy will reach Cambodian shores.
Van Nistelrooy, with 56 goals, is the fourth-highest goalscorer in Champions League history and a three-time Champions League top scorer. He was also a top scorer in three different European domestic leagues
Heineken Cambodia competed with over 192 countries for the chance to host the UEFA Champions League Trophy Tour. Due to huge local support for the UEFA Champions League and with Cambodia’s fast-developing economy as well as its spectacular areas of natural beauty, the country was seen as a perfect candidate for UEFA Champions League Trophy Tour.
Mexico, Ivory Coast, Paraguay, Malaysia and Ethiopia are the other five nations selected to receive the trophy.
In its eleven-year history, the tour has reached 26 countries across Africa, Asia, North and South America.