Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, nicknamed The Hunter, is a Dutch footballer who plays as a striker for Schalke 04 and the Dutch national football team. A prolific striker, he has often been compared in style to players such as Marco van Basten and Ruud van Nistelrooy. Huntelaar at the age of five, joined the local football team VV H. en K. where he played for the next six years. Soon after, he was scouted by De Graafschap and on 6 April 1994 he signed his first youth contract, aged 11. In the 1997–98 season, the 14-year-old Huntelaar was the main striker for the C-team at De Graafschap, having scored 33 goals in 20 matches. His goalscoring abilities drew the attention of PSV, who subsequently signed him in June 2000. In his first season at PSV, Huntelaar quickly established himself as a prolific goalscorer, scoring 26 goals in 23 games to become top scorer in the youth league. In 2003, he was sent on loan to De Graafschap, and the following season to Eerste Divisie side AGOVV Apeldoorn. At the end of his loan at AGOVV, Huntelaar signed on with SC Heerenveen. In January 2006 Huntelaar signed for AFC Ajax and scored his first goal for the team on 5 February 2006 against his former club SC Heerenveen in a KNVB Cup tie. Huntelaar joined Real Madrid in January 2009 for a fee of €27 million. In August 2009, Huntelaar transferred to Serie A club AC Milan for a reported €15 million, signing a four-year contract. On 31 August 2010, Schalke 04bought Huntelaar for a fee of €12 million. On 19 September 2010, he scored his first goal for Schalke in a 3–1 home defeat against Borussia Dortmund. Named Dutch Football Talent of the Year and Ajax "Player of the Year" in 2006, Huntelaar was a part of the Dutch side that won the 2006 UEFA U-21 Championship where he became the tournament's leading goalscorer. . He is the all-time top scorer of the Netherlands U-21 national team with 18 goals in 22 appearances.