Top Ten Dutch Soccer Players of All-Time

The Top Ten

1 Johan 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.

Probably the best Dutch midfielder of all time as well as one of the best midfielders of all time period...even has a move named after him, the “Cruyff”

I think that Johan Cruyff should be the 5th greatest football of all time.
Well done for putting him at the top of the list! He was Ajax's star player.
He had determination, courage, passion, self belief, honesty, respect and teamwork.
Johan Cruyff had amazing dribbling skills and has done lots of great shooting crushing the opposition,s dreams and being a Holland Superstar!

Saw things other players could only dream of passing,scoring dribbling close ball control,unbelievable. He also played at a time when a defender's job was if you can't stop a man legally kick the living daylights out of him.Cruijff just evaded them most of the time.You never saw any theatrical rolling about like you see in the modern game of today,it seems sometimes that strikers only have to feel the breath of a defender on their back and they'll go down.Results have become so important Billions of pounds riding on winning the European champions league who would n't take a dive?

2 Arjen Robben Arjen 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.

Robben is the best ball handler in the world. He has fewer goals that Cruijff in his career but he has also been playing in the top leagues for 15 years. Cruijff was in a top league for 6 years total. Cruijff has influenced the game more, but not as the best "player". Sure Cruijff was the Ballon d'Or three times, but think of this, in 1974 he won it with 16 goals in 26 appearances for Barcelona that season. In the 2016-17 season for Bayern Robben had 16 goals in 26 appearances, and where was he in Ballon d'Or voting - not even a candidate to get votes. Just a different time.

Officially fastest player ever. Recorded at about 37 KM/H if I'm right out the top of my head. Scored one of the 5 goals in Spains 5-1 defeat against the Netherlands because of this amazing sprint, made Sergio Ramos seem slow at 34KM/H. And the amazing thing is that he reached this speed, way into the game, so he didn't even have all of his energy, imagine his speed if he did have all of his energy.

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.

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

God. His technique was excellent. His first touch was something of legend. He was a lethal goalscorer from outside the box. He was great dribbling with great control of the ball. He was skillful. He was just majestic

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.

I think that he has had great shooting having a few of the greatest goals in the whole of football history.
Dennis Bergkamp has helped Holland win a lot of international trophies.

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.

4 Marco van Basten Marcel "Marco" van Basten is a Dutch football manager and former football player, who played for Ajax and Milan, as well as the Netherlands national team, in the 1980s and early '90s as a forward.

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.

The 2nd best player for this team on my list he was a volleyer winning the ballon'd"or 3 times his performance in the 1988 euro was great. A hat trick against England a last minute slide goal against West Germany and the best volley ever against the Soviet Union.

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.

Should be second, scored so easily and achieved so much since he retired at 28 and was constantly injured. Could have been best player ever.

5 Robin Van Persie Dutch footballer from Rotterdam born on August 6 1983. Currently plays for the Turkish club Fenerbahçe 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.

Most all around complete player in Dutch football history in my opinion, with an amazing knack for scoring goals and great footwork. He could honestly play as a striker, winger, center mid/attacking mid, or defensive mid and excel at any of them. Also has the most goals scored in Dutch national team history

No way is Van Persie in the top 20 of Dutch players. His touches sometimes look clumsy. He was also part of that disgraceful Dutch team in 2010 that brought anti football to a new low level.

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

He should be the best player of Netherlands but he is not because people think that its someone else but its not someone else

6 Ruud Van Nistelrooy

Just had the ability to score form numerous positions. Had such a calm head in big games one of the greatest goal scorers of all time. Unfortunately he is underrated massively by everyone but he shouldn't be

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.

Thanks whoever wrote this page for including Ruud van Nistelrooy as the 1st. On a FIFA game, (gaming) you should check out Holland or Be a Pro. Play with Ruud. HE'S AWESOME!

No one has ever been so deadly inside the box. A real shame he was dropped from the World Cup team he might have put one in against the Spanish.

7 Ruud Gullit Ruud 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.

Captains holland to its only trophy, revives Milan when van basten was injured against a rampant Napoli and is voted world footballer twice and European footballer twice. He has to be third on the list battling with van basten for 2nd. Bergkamp was great but not in the same league as cryff, VB or gullit

How can such an Iconic figures like Ruud Gullit, Marco Van Bastan and Frank Rijkaard who has played for the Netherlands' most successful era in football are not voted the top five of the list?
Wherever they played they won trophies.

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

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

Most involved playmaker in Dutch football of all time in my opinion. Mayb not quite as quick or skilled as Cruyff, but is a better passer and is a free kick ace

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.

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

9 Edwin van der Sar

He was the 2nd best goalie ever after schmeicel and he played for Manchester United

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

Now, this is something: he even scored goals as a goalie!

The best Dutch goalie... Attacking minded.

10 Dirk Kuyt

The working class, best kind of player. Never stopped giving everything at Liverpool. Wish he'd stuck around.

No one gives as much as he does.

He did so good in the World Cup

The best dutcher in liverpool

The Contenders

11 Patrick 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.

Totally agree! It's a shame that somebody didn't have a clue when did this rating.

Best striker in Dutch history

12 Johan Neeskens

People are voting without seeing the games and without knowing the soccer history. He is the best creative player Dutch have ever produced.

Should be second (after Cruijff). And I'd have Ruud Krol at number 3 and Rensenbrink at 4. These players personified that orange team of 'total football'.

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

13 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar

Don't know why The Hunter is not utilised as much as Sneijder, Robben and Van Persie.. He is just 10 goals short to break Van Persie's record and 5 goals short to be the second highest Dutch goal scorer.. Gets very rare chance to compete but if given a chance there is always 80% chance of Hunter scoring whether it's a league game or nation game.

He has a better match to goals ratio for his country. Even better than Van Persie

Best Holland striker available but rarely gets the chance.

He is very good but isn't used a lot :/

14 Clarence Seedorf

The unique player to have won the UEFA champions League with 3 different clubs: Ajax, Real Madrid, AC Milan (twice)!

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

Magnificent player & a good guy cool

He deserves to be in top 5

15 Memphis Depay

Freekick Ability as David Beckham style & teammate holland at world cup 2014 Wesley Sneijder responsible for set piece & Freekick. I hope Memphis Depay can hardworking for holland in Euro 2020 qualification for positive result.

Good dribbling 86%, sprint speed 88%, Long shots distance 85%, Team-mate in strike, amazing freekick ability 94%. Supersub Attack Winger in Euro 2020, Fifa World Cup 2022.

Great forward like cristiano but

16 Frank 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.

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

The best defense midfielder ever

Most complete player

17 Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

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!

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

NL never gave him a chance

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

18 Steklenburg

I know he is a very good goalkeeper he is like Mexican goalkeeper in Brazil 2014 world cup if the ball gets shot at him he will save it.

19 Mark Van Bommel

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

20 Edgar Davids

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

Edwin van der sar is better than edgar davis

Edgar Davids is one of the best

21 Willem van Hanegem

One percent is a bloody shame!

Best midfield player Holland ever had!

Underrated! Know your Dutch football!

Next to Cruijff the best ever.

22 Rafael Van Der Vaart

Great painter of green field

Call him rafael van der fart

Can score on Tottenham and can score a FK

23 Virgil Van Dijk

Young and outstanding

Glory glory man united

24 Frank 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!

He was a good captain as well

Nicer in the house

class

25 Ronald 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

Best heavy foot ever.

Best striker ever

I vote Ronald Koeman as number 1 defender [centre back] of Holland!

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