The man with the nose for the goal. The footballer who always wants to score whether it’s a nice or ugly goal. In the football history, the Netherlands has produced a number of legendary spikes. Who are the ten best Dutch Strikers of all time?
10. Willy van de Puilen
Unless an enormous talent arises that continues to play his entire career in the Dutch league, Willy van der Kuijlen will always be the top scorer of all ages of the Eredivisie . Mr. PSV played from 1964 to 1981 at the Eindhoven club where he made furore with his hard shot. He became a three-time international champion and played an important role in the conquest of the UEFA Cup (1978).
9. Patrick Kluivert
The 18-year-old Kluivert knew at Ajax a debut season that appeared straight from a boy book. In the 1994-1995 season he was succeeded by Louis Van Gaal as a successor to Stefan Pettersson. He scored in his first match right away and would eventually become a club top scorer. Ajax reached the Champions League final where Kluivert was allowed to attack in the second half. Just before time he scored the winning goal. A star was born. Abroad he knew his best time at Barcelona where he scored 123 goals in the top 10 club top scorers of all time.
8. Johnny Rep
picture: Verhoeff, Bert / Anefo
Goudhaantje, he got the nickname because of the blond hair and ability to score at important moments, was a spell in the great Ajax of the early seventies. Rep was known by his two goals against Independiente in the 1972 World Cup. The year after that he would score the winning goal in the Europacup I final with a strange headline against Juventus. Rep continued to score in Europe at Valencia, Bastia and Saint-Étienne due to its combination of speed and seething shot. For Orange too, he often scored important goals in which his distance shot against Scotland, at the World Cup in 1978, was called a classic power.
7. Ruud Gullit
Gullit was a real football icon with his dreadlocks in the eighties. During his career, he played in various positions, but at the peak of his fame, he was at the forefront of both Orange and AC Milan, together with Marco Van Basten. The game of Gullit was characterized by explosiveness and great shot power.Gullit scored a number of important goals, such as two in the Europacup I final of 1989 and of course the hard-headed header that made the Dutch Elftal European champion in 1988.
6. Ruud of Nistelrooij
Photo: Paul Blank
At which club Van Nistelrooij also played, he guaranteed goals. A lot of goals. He became topscorer in his career in three countries. Reason why Van Nistelrooij often worked with record amounts from club.Van Nistelrooij was a complete spit that combined its length with a great technique. He could alternate heaps with effective long distance shots. The most productive he was in charge of Manchester United where he scored 95 goals.
5. Abe Lenstra
picture: Willem van de Poll / Anefo
Abe Lenstra played a total of 27 seasons football at the highest level. At the age of 42, he had played 730 games in which he scored 700 goals. Lenstra is mainly associated with Heerenveen where he knew his best years. The young Lenstra was a true athlete who appeared in many sports. His speed came well in the peak position. In addition, he was a great cup and could shoot two-legged. Also in Orange he sparkled regularly, as in the legendary 2-1 win on world champion West Germany (1956) in which he took both goals.
4. Faas Wilkes
picture: Joop van Bilsen / Anefo
Lenstra’s contender Wilkes was a real dribbler. His individualistic playing style sometimes drove fellow players. Wilkes wanted to play professional football and for a long time he would play football abroad where he had grown into public loneliness. Especially at Internazionale and Valencia, Wilkes experiences glory years. Due to his professional status, he played 38 matches for Orange in which he scored 35 times.
3. Dennis Bergkamp
photo: Ronnie Macdonald / flickr
Dennis Bergkamp has to be considered one of the most beautiful spades of all time. At Ajax, he only got to his right after moving from wing attack to the central position. Bergkamp often scored from Wim Jonk or Frank de Boer’s fabulous goals, with technical ingenuity more important than shooting power.At Ajax he became the top scorer of the Eredivisie three times and with Arsenal he would win the biggest successes. His most famous goal is his winning hit in the quarterfinals against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup .
2. Johan Cruijff
photo: Ron Kroon (ANEFO)
Johan Cruijff is, of course, the best Dutch football player of all time . But was he also a pure spit? Due to the position movements in the Total Football, Cruijff dived like his fellow players during a match all over. In addition, Cruijff missed some features of a true spit. He was a moderate head and missed a shotgun. Cruijff, however, redefined the leading role by using its strengths: speed, insight and technology. Thus, in 704 club matches, he came to a total of 395 goals in a time that defended hardly prevailing.
1. Marco van Basten
photo: Bogaerts, Rob / Anefo
Marco van Basten is the ultimate Dutch striker, combining both the classical murder instincts with the cruijff technical innovations. At Ajax, Van Basten knew at a young age to occupy a fixed place. The attacking game of Ajax was a perfect match for the two-legged league who patiently looked for opportunities. Van Basten would be the top scorer of the Eredivisie for four seasons. In particular, the 1985/86 season was extremely productive with 37 goals. The following season, Van Basten scored one of the most beautiful goals in the history of Dutch football in the crossing. What made Van Basten a world-class striker was that he never caused in important matches. Thus he scored the only goal in the Europacup II final in 1987 and AC Milan conquered Europacup I in 1989, thanks to two goals from Van Basten. Orange became European champion in 1988 thanks to a number of important goals, including the legendary second goal in the final.
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