UltimateXI Profile: Marco van Basten

By April 29, 2020
Marco van Basten Marco van Basten

Marcel ‘Marco’ van Basten played for Ajax and A.C. Milan, as well as the Netherlands national team as a striker. He is regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport, having scored 300 goals in a high-profile career.

However, he played his last match in 1993 at age 28 due to an injury which forced his retirement two years later.

Playing for the Netherlands, van Basten won UEFA Euro 1988 where he was named player of the tournament, scoring five goals that included a memorable volley in the final against the Soviet Union.

At club level, he won three Eredivisie titles and the Cup Winners' Cup with Ajax, and three Serie A titles and two European Cups with Milan.

Known for his close ball control, attacking intelligence, impeccable headers, and spectacular strikes and volleys, van Basten was named FIFA World Player of the Year in 1992 and won the Ballon d'Or three times, in 1988, 1989 and 1992.

 

Playing Career

Full name: Marcel van Basten (Marco van Basten)

Date of birth: 31 October 1964 (age 55)

Place of birth: Utrecht, Netherlands

Height: 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)

Playing position: Striker

 

Club Career

Years                    Team   Apps   (Gls)

1981–1987          Ajax          133     (128)

1987–1995          Milan         147     (90)

Total                                  280    (218)

 

Club Honours

  • Ajax - Eredivisie: 1981–82, 1982–83, 1984–85; KNVB Cup: 1982–83, 1985–86, 1986–87; UEFA Cup Winners Cup: 1986–87
  • Milan - Serie A: 1987–88, 1991–92, 1992–93; Supercoppa Italiana: 1988, 1992; European Cup/UEFA Champions League: 1988–89, 1989–90; European Supercup: 1989; Intercontinental Cup: 1989, 1990

 

International Career

  • 1983-1992 Netherlands 58 (24)

 

International Honours

  • UEFA European Championship: 1988

 

Individual Honours

  • Ballon d'Or: 1988, 1989, 1992
  • FIFA World Player of the Year: 1992
  • UEFA Best Player of the Year: 1989, 1990, 1992
  • European Cup Top Scorer: 1988–89
  • Serie A Golden Boot: 1989–90, 1991–92
  • Eredivisie Top Scorer: 1983–84, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87
  • European Silver Boot: 1983–84
  • Dutch Footballer of the Year: 1984–85
  • European Golden Boot: 1985–86
  • World Golden Boot: 1985–86
  • Bravo Award: 1987
  • Onze d'Argent: 1987, 1992
  • Onze d'Or: 1988, 1989
  • IFFHS World’s Best Player: 1988, 1989
  • World Soccer Player of the Year: 1988, 1992
  • UEFA Euro 1988: Top Scorer and Best Player with 5 goals
  • UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament: 1988, 1992
  • FIFA 100 (List of the greatest living footballers picked by Pelé): 2004
  • UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll: #4
  • Italian Football Hall of Fame: 2012
  • UEFA Euro All-time XI (published 2016)
  • C. Milan Hall of Fame
  • IFFHS Legends
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