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Marco van Basten

Marco van Basten
Personal information
Full nameMarcel van Basten
Date of birth31 October 1964(age 51)
Place of birthUtrecht, Netherlands
Height1.88 m
Playing positionStriker

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Marcel "Marco" van Basten (-nlˈmɑrkoˑ vɑmˈbɑstə(n); 31 October 1964) is a Dutch football manager and former football player, who played for AFC Ajax and A.C. Milan, as well as the Dutch national team, in the 1980s and early 1990s. He is regarded as one of the greatest forwards of all time and has scored 277 goals in a high-profile career, which ended in 1995 as a result of an injury suffered two years earlier.

He was later the head coach of AFC Ajax and the Dutch national team.

Known for his strength on the ball, his tactical awareness and spectacular strikes and volleys, van Basten was named European Footballer of the Year three times (1988, '89 and '92) and FIFA World Player of the Year in 1992. Van Basten was voted eighth in a poll organised by the French weekly magazine France Football consulting their former Ballon d'Or winners to elect the Football Player of the Century. In 2004, a nationwide poll was held for the 100 greatest Dutch people (De Grootste Nederlander) and van Basten was number 25, the second highest for a football player .

In March 2007, Sky Sports ranked van Basten first on its list of great athletes who had their careers cut short.

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