Top five: Dutch footballers
The five best players to wear the famous Oranje shirt
Netherlands have always been one of the most dynamic, talented and feared national teams, standing as the biggest rivals of Germany.
Here are the top five Dutch footballers of all time:
5. Frank Rijkaard
International midfield legend Frank Rijkaard was one brilliant footballer when it came to linking defence with attack. He is still remember today as one of the greatest in his position. Moreover, Rijkaard was a stepping stone to the modern defensive midfielder.
4. Ronald Koeman
Former Barcelona and Ajax defender Ronald Koeman is until today the best scoring defender football has ever seen. Gathering over 180 goals to his name, one of Holland’s greatest defenders helped Catalan giants Barcelona to their 1991/92 Champions League win, as well as Euro '88 victory for the Oranje. An inspirational player for the attacking defenders who have finishing skills.
3. Ruud Gullit
Gullit was the most versatile of Dutch players, capable of excelling in any corner of the pitch. But that was just a small fraction of the World Footballer of 1987 and 1989. In fact, Ruud Gullit’s personality on and off the pitch was unrivalled.
His passionate displays earned AC Milan a double success in the Champions League and helped Netherlands to Euro 88 glory, scoring decisive goals against Steaua Bucaresti and the Soviet Union in both finals.
2. Marco van Basten
One of the most skilled strikers in football history, Marco van Basten was a decisive player for every team he played for.
In a short career of 14 years and 280 goals, Van Basten still managed to score up to 218 goals. Euro '88’s final goal against the Soviet Union is remember edtoday as a milestone of brilliance and technique, a delight to every prolific goalscorer in the game.
Van Basten was named World Footballer of 1992, and will always be recalled as one of the best forwards in the history of football.
1. Johan Cruyff
The first player to impose his game with technical brilliance, Johan Cruyff is undoubtedly the best Dutch player of all time.
Ajax’s greatest star and Barcelona legend, Cryuff, conquered over 20 titles in his career. Winning nine Eredivisie championships, one La Liga title and three consecutive European Cup successes with Amsterdam giants Ajax, Cryuff left a trail of exuberance wherever he stepped.
The best Dutchman in the world was the designer of the best technical and skilful attacking midfielders and forwards modern football has to offer.
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