One of the most prolific goal scorers in football, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has played for a number of top European clubs including Real Madrid, AC Milan and Ajax. Currently Huntelaar plays for German club FC Schalke 04 in the Bundesliga. Along with Robin van Persie and Dennis Bergkamp, Huntelaar has become one of the most prolific Dutch strikers of all time.
In his youth Huntelaar played for many clubs and was successful at most but struggled to break into any first teams. In 2004 he joined Heerenveen where he scored 33 goals in 46 appearances. His goal scoring ability was duly noticed by top clubs, and in January 2006 he joined the club he supported as a child, Ajax. Huntelaar enjoyed a successful spell at the club. In his first year he helped Ajax win the KNVB Cup, was named Dutch Football Talent of the Year and won the Ajax Player of the Year award. He went on to captain Ajax later in his spell at the club and scored 76 goals in 92 appearances before he was sold to Real Madrid in 2009. He only spent half a season at Madrid, scoring eight goals in the process, before joining AC Milan for £15 million. His time in Milan was also short lived as he was sold to current club Schalke04 on the 31st August 2010. That season Huntelaar helped the side claim their first major trophy in nine years when they won the DFB-Pokal championship.
Internationally Huntelaar has represented the Netherlands at U-21 and full international level. In 2006 he was top scorer at the U-21 UEFA Championship held in Portugal, helping the Dutch side lift the title for the first time in the nation's history. Huntelaar, or The Hunter as he is nicknamed, has scored 30 goals already for the Netherlands senior team in less than 50 appearances.