Top Ten Dutch Soccer Players of All-Time

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1Johan Cruijff

He changed football world wide. To think he did not participate in the second world cup final in Argentina. Even without him Holland made the final game but lost to Argentina, the host country. That made two world cup finals Holland lost in the final game to the host nation.

He was voted player of the 74 world cup and in a poll was voted European player of the century. He was something else. Glad I saw him play.

The greatest footballer in history

He is one of the best football players ever. He was dutch best footballer of the year 5 times and he won ballon d'or 3 times. I'm sure he deserves to be on the top of this list.

True legend. That's all I have to say

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2Dennis BergkampDennis Nicolaas Maria Bergkamp is a Dutch former professional footballer, who is the assistant manager to Frank de Boer at Ajax.

The Iceman has got everything a team, like Arsenal needs. Why shouldn't he be like third?. He was like amazing with his skills, his shooting and has way more skill and experience than Van Nistelrooy.

Definitely best player to watch could go round ne one without breaking a sweat, but would pick van nistelrooy first he was the perfect striker.

Maybe someone got more goals than him, more titles than him, but no one, no one at the past or even at the future of football, can do what he did, every game of his career.

Playing with De Boer and Kluivert he would be rated 4th on my list. Still a great player no matter at Arsenal or Ajax.

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3Marco van Basten

Pure Killer. When looking purely at scoring goals and nothing else he might be the greatest in history... not just Netherlands but in the world. Only reason he isn't number one is because football also has other aspects next to scoring. But he mastered the most important one for a striker: scoring, making him top 3 in this list.

We will never know still had 5 good years in front of him.

Best player ever. Reason? Because if other players like messi, maradona or pele and many others had had the same problems of van basten they would have done another job.

He give holland the euro

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4Arjen RobbenArjen Robben is a Dutch professional footballer who plays for German club Bayern Munich and is the captain of the Netherlands national team.

Amazing dribbling skills 2nd best dribbler in the world right after Messi. Has the best foot I have ever seen (his left). Insane speed and stamina. Great playmaker. Creating tons of chances 151 chances created in 18.6 bundesliga matches in 2014/2015. His threat level pulls defenders like bees to him. I think he is after Cruyff the best player maybe tied with van Basten. He is suffering from injuries on a severe level just like van Basten, if he was never injured I have no doubt he would be the best in the world which now is Messi.

This guy has extreme dribbling skills, able to make almost impossible goals effortlessly, and he's the fastest player on the team. The only downside is that he sometimes doesn't pass when there are other players wide open near the goal.

Best player on bayern... And the world

One of the best wingers right now.

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5Robin Van PersieDutch footballer from Rotterdam born on August 6 1983. Currently plays for the Turkish club Fenerbah├že S.K and The Netherlands national football team as the number 11. Robin Van Persie is known for playing for Arsenal and Manchester United, though his most notable goal was his header against Spain ...read more.

Robin van Persie scored 30 goals this season and that's a lot of goal

He is a dutch master with fantastic skill and classy finishing, probably the best dutch footballer of all time

Robin van persie is a wonderful footballer and he is able to score very classy goals and easily the best player in national team.

Van persie is the best player in netherlands

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6Ruud Van Nistelrooy

Amazing. Outstanding. Spectacular. Ruud Van Nistelrooy is my favorite football player ever, from all ages, nations and teams.

One of the biggest strikers in history of football... One of a kind player! Amazing ability to score!

Ofc! The best Dutch goal-scorer of all time. His sense is superb. Unfortunately, he is very underrated though its obvious to the wise fans, that Ruud is the best scoring machine of the Dutchmen.

My Favourite all time..

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7Ruud GullitRuud Gullit is a Dutch football manager and former footballer who played professionally in the 1980s and 1990s as a midfielder or forward.

I always loved Ruud's distinctive look; of course, being a powerful player with versatility and strength in the air as well as classy skills made him certainly a top five player in Dutch football history (most other similar lists rate him from 3rd to 5th best). Cruyff, van Basten and possibly Bergkamp were better players than the 1988 European Championship winning captain; as noted before, he also won European Footballler of the year (and dedicated the 1987 award to Nelson Mandela while Mandela was yet in prison). A class act as a footballer.

How can a guy voted footballer of the year twice not be higher on the list. Milan were never the same without him, and sadly nor were holland

He could do world class anything, from headers to long shots.

Greatest dutch player for all time

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8Edwin van der Sar

The best Dutch goalie... Attacking minded.

The best goalkeeper in the world

Scored goals with ajax as a goalie, what a man!

He has made some of the best saves that I have ever seen!

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9Wesley SneijderWesley Sneijder is a Dutch professional footballer who plays for Turkish club Galatasaray and the Netherlands national team.

Wesley Sneijder is great for Inter Milan and scored 5 goals in the 2010 FIFA wOrld cup

This guy has an amazing Free kick accuracy, long shot, passing, and also a pretty good darn finisher

His performance in 2010 world cup made me me his fan. I have nothing to say about him. Just awesome.

A very rare combination of intelligence, experience and talent

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10Ronald Koeman

Most scoring defender in all of history. Should be higher on this list. Only reason he doesn't get my vote is because I can only vote once, and that vote goes to the Dutch master; Cruyff

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The Contenders

11Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has been an amazing player for Holland, AND my favourite team, CHELSEA!

Jimmy goal scoring was magic. He seemed never to rush when he scored was in a league of his own.

This attacker has been going around, scoring goals, making caps and helping his team.
I think that you should redo this list and put Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink 8th on the list!

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12Clarence Seedorf

How many players win European cups with three different teams and the best European team until Barcelona

Outstanding midfielder. So much class and one of the most complete of his time.

Could do anything or play any position on the pitch
Never mind best Dutch player
Would be in any eleven in any team in any era
Was scoring and playing like a man
When he was 17

He is the one I think

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13Johan Neeskens

Probably the second best player in the Dutch team of 74. Should be higher up the list.

Neeskens should be higher he was the perfect penalty taker and midfielder

Should be second behind Cruyff. No question.

He should be much higher in the list

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14Patrick Kluivert

Are you serious? Patrick is not even top 5? This is craziness. He reached the 40 goal mark while playing fewer game than Van Persie. He was also all time goal scorer of the national team at a younger age. He was naturally gifted, better scorer, he could pass, his one touch. He was way more technical than Van Nistelrooy. I like Van Nistelrooy, but Kluivert was wayyy better. Without injury Kluivert would have been one of the all time top scorer in football history.

Are you serious? How could you omit Patrick Kluivert? Your list got to be redone. I am American, and I know well dutch soccer. Patrick Kluivert was one of the finest Dutch striker. In my opinion he was better than Van Nistelrooy, who is just a goal poacher. Kluivert was an all around striker. And he is the top dutch striker with 40 goals beofre he even reach 30.

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15Edgar Davids

He was an amazing footballer with lots of talented and beloved work.

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16Mark Van Bommel

One of the finest in the business and a cheerful and talented striker

17Frank Rijkaard

One of the most elegant players ever, especially for a player who made his name in defense, and midfield. One of the best of the game ever. Also a class act, as he returned to Ajax at the end of his career, to finish it there.

The best defense midfielder ever

Van Persie 5th Rijkaard 16th? Are u kidding me? Modern fanboys please learn a bit of history. - Phenohyte

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18Willem van Hanegem

One percent is a bloody shame!

Best midfield player Holland ever had!

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19Rob Rensenbrink

A great the Netherlands of the 70"s were never the same without him Rep Nesskens Haan Krol Van Hanegam and of course Cruyff

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20Frank de Boer

He made a brilliant pass to Dennis Bergkamp that went right over the field.
Then Bergkamp flicked it over the goalkeeper and into the back of the net!

From footballer to manager for Ajax, this man's been REEALYYY good!

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