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Marco Van Basten





Van Basten joined Ajax in 1982 at the age of 18. He soon established himself as a supreme goalscorer and by 1986 he had won the Golden Boot award for Europe's top marksman. While in Amsterdam he won two Dutch Championships and the Cup-Winners Cup. He moved on to Milan in 1987 where he won two European Cups as well as four Italian championships. Van Basten scored twice in the 4-0 win over Steaua Bucharest in the 1989 final and played in the 1990 win over Benfica. His last game for Milan, before retiring through injury, was the 1993 final which they lost to Marseille.

Marco Van Basten scored 24 goals in 58 games for Holland and was top goalscorer in the 1988 European Championships which Holland won. He scored a particularly memorable goal against the Soviet Union in the final. He was voted European Footballer of the Year in 1988, 1989 and 1992 as well as World Player of the Year in 1992.


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