Popularly known for its Museums, Parks and Canals, Utrecht, Netherland is the birthplace of one of the greatest players to have ever played the game of football, the legend known as Marco Van Basten. Though his time was a bit shortened due to injuries at the peak of his career but this didn’t stop FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association) from recognizing him as the best player in the world three times, (1988, 1989 and 1992). Standing at a height of 6ft 2inches with quick and fast-paced response on the pitch, he scored a total of 277 goals in his career.
Started his playing career at just six years old EDO, a local club in1970, meaning he was on course for a blossoming career. After a year then later joined UVV in 1971 also for a year, then moved to USV Elinkwijk in 1980 but his rise to international spotlight and recognition came in 1981 when he joined Dutch giants Ajax Amsterdam where he scored a whooping 128 goals in 133 appearances, there was no stopping him.
Now, wait a sec, picture a tall intimidating figure, the apt ball control, unbelievable volleys by our modern day Ibrahimovic , take that and combine it with attacking brilliance and magic of Lionel Messi, spiked up by powerful and accurate shots as we see in Christiano Ronaldo, put all these football geniuses together and you get Marco Van Basten, a complete goal poacher in his days. He joined Italian giants, AC Milan in 1987 and just as he did at Ajax, he just couldn’t stop scoring. AC Milan was literally unstoppable in the 1992-1993 seasons before hanging his boots two years later.
Arguably of the best players of his time, alongside Frank Rijkaard and Ruud Gullit combined well to make The Netherlands one of the formidable forces in world football in the late 80’s and early 90’s. His volley against Soviet Union in the1988 European Championship final is still considered as one of the best goals ever scored in history. Marco scored a total 24 goals in 58 appearances for his country.
At 30, he retired from football after battle with a re-occurring ankle injury. However his love for the round leather game didn’t end there as he took up coaching jobs in several clubs in his home country, including Ajax Amsterdam. Currently the assistant coach of Netherlands, we can say that Marco Van Basten gave all he could to both club and country and is still giving to his country on how it feels like to be the world’s greatest. Living legend or nah? I’ll let u decide.