Marco van Basten: Who is the Dutch legend?

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Marco van Basten: who is the dutch legend?

VAN BASTEN. Triple Ballon d'Or, Marco van Basten goes down in history as one of the greatest strikers in the history of football. A tireless and formidable goalscorer, he reigned supreme. on Europe around the decades of the 1980s and 1990s before being broke; in full glory.

If there was only one gesture left from the career of Marco van Basten, it would be this one. Remote in a closed angle to right, the Dutchman volleys a cross and whips the ball to lob the Soviet keeper and score a goal. the opposite. At 23, the striker has just sealed the fate of the Euro 1988 final and offered to his country the first title in its history. All van Basten is summed up; there, in this suspended revival, beauty, grace and efficiency. Born to Utrecht on October 31, 1964, he fell into football at the age of 6 and grew up watching Ajax Amsterdam and the Netherlands of his idol Johan Cruyff. He was only 16 when he joined the great Amsterdam club. And it will not take long to show his talent. For his first game at; The 17-year-old replaces Cruyff and only needs a few minutes to score his first goal against NEC Nijmegen. His contribution was minimal in the first season, Kieft taking up all the space in attack. His departure in 1983 leaves him the field free and the Dutch defenses will understand that the young swan is more of a bird of prey. In four seasons, he will pile up 117 goals in 112 matches played in the league, including 37 in 1985-1986. The following season, he gives the victory to Ajax in the Cup Winners' Cup final against Ajax Leipzig. His last prowess in the country because the hour of departure has come.
The formidable goalscorer at playboy look, leaves for Italy and Silvio Berlusconi's AC Milan, of which he is the protege. Under the orders of Sacchi, and with his friend Gullit, the one who will be nicknamed "San Marco" is going to put on the Boot; his feet gleaning the title at three times (1988, 1992 and 1993), then the continent with the double; in the Milanese European Cup (1989-1990), well supported; by his compatriots Gulitt and Rijkaard. The year 1991, however, marks the beginning of trouble. If he continues to shine, his year 1992 with 25 Serie A goals and a Ballon d'Or the key, he is in more and more pain in his ankle. This ankle, which has handicapped him since practically the beginning of his career, will cut him down at the top of his game, at the end of his career. 28 years old. Van Basten can do nothing to avoid defeat in the Champions League final in 1993 (0-1 against Marseille) and plays there, without knowing it, the last match of his career. Two years of wanderings and pains to follow will follow. trying in vain to heal his bruised joint. Its swan song. No one knows how far would have risen the prodigy of Utrecht, little prince of the Netherlands.

How many Ballon d'Or won van Basten ?

As a reward for his successes in club and selection and his contribution to them, Marco van Basten does not hold a place for himself; go down in history for nothing. The forward has three Ballon d'Ors to his name. his credit (1988, 1989 and 1992), which makes him the equal of Michel Platini and Johan Cruyff. In a decade of career, the Dutchman has disputed 431 matches and scored 301 goals (373 matches and 277 goals for club, 58 matches and 24 goals for national team), won 6 national titles (3 with Ajax and 3 with AC Milan), 3 European Cups (2 European Cups for champion clubs and 1 Coupe des Cup winners), 3 National Cups (all with Ajax) and a European Nations Championship with the Netherlands (1988), where he was top scorer with 5 goals.< /p>