• Marco van Basten
  • Born on 31 October 1964, in Utrecht (Holland)
  • Ajax: 1981-1987: 133 games, 128 goals
  • AC Milan: 1987-1995: 147 games, 90 goals


  • Winner Ballon d'Or 1988, 1989, 1992



"He had all the qualities for a perfect striker, and his technique made him very hard to stop in the box. His movement was also good. He was a nightmare for defenders."

  • Gheorghe Hagi (Former player Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Galatasaray)


"He was the most beatiful striker I have ever seen. He had an incredible elegance around him. He could do anything with the ball."

  • Mauro Tassotti (Former player Lazio Roma and AC Milan)


"He was elegance personified. He could score in millions of different ways and always with an unbelievable touch of class. He had no weak points - he was completely two-footed, and he was strong with his head, but he didn't just score goals, he also created many, many assists."

  • Marcel Desailly (Former player AC Milan and Chelsea)


"Injuries cut him down when he was in the best form of his career, spearheading Fabio Capello's new and rejuvenated Milan side. Yet by then, Marco had already done enough to perhaps be regarded as the greatest number nine there's ever been."

  • Ronald Koeman (Former player Ajax, Feyenoord, PSV and FC Barcelona)