Roy Makaay (March 9, 1975) began his football career at SC Woezik, in his place of birth Wijchen, in the East of the Netherlands. After periods at other amateur football clubs DIOSA and SV Blauw Wit, Roy joined Vitesse Arnhem, his first professional side. He made his debut at Vitesse on September 4, 1993 against MVV. Roy acted in the Eredivisie for four consecutive seasons and became one of the strikers for the Dutch national team. After already marking 15 goals for the Dutch Under 21 team, Roy made his first A-appearance in the orange jersey on October 5, 1996. At Vitesse, Roy acted in 109 league matches in which he scored 42 goals.
In July, 1997, Roy signed a six-year contract at Spanish club Tenerife. Despite the continuous fight against relegation from La Liga, Roy impressed personally scoring 21 goals. Deportivo La Coruña contracted Roy because of that performance in the summer of 1999. In his debut match in A Coruña Roy opened his season with a hat-trick against Alavés. It turned out to be the start of a great season. With 22 goals in 36 appearances, Roy inspired the Galician club to their first La Liga title. Three years later, Roy became top scorer of the Spanish league. His 29 goals also made him top scorer of Europe and the winner of the European Golden Boot.
After six successful seasons in Spain, Roy moved to Germany in 2003 to play for record champion Bayern Munich. Roy became top scorer of the team in his first two seasons. Because of his ‘invisibility’ in certain games and efficiency in front of the goal, Bayern Munich fans honored him with the nickname ‘das Phantom’ (the ghost). On September 29, 2004, Roy scored a hat-trick in the UEFA Champions League match against Ajax, which made him part of a select group of players celebrating a Champions League hat-trick at two different clubs. Two seasons later, Roy scored the fastest Champions League goal ever in the round of 16 match against Real Madrid. He only needed 10.12 seconds to set the record.
Roy won two German championships and two German Cups with Bayern Munich and left the club in the summer of 2007. He returned to the Netherlands to play for Feyenoord Rotterdam. With that club he won the Dutch cup in 2008 by defeating Roda JC in the final. Roy retired at the end of the 2009-2010 season, scoring a hat-trick in his last match against SC Heerenveen. Roy remained loyal to Feyenoord becoming a youth coach in 2010. Since the 2015-2016 season, he is one of the members of the head coaching staff and works as a striker coach. Furthermore, Roy is assistant coach at the Feyenoord Under 21-team.