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June 30, 2010, 09:01:48 AM
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I've just watched a documentary on Sky Anytime about Marco Van Basten, really interesting watch.

The bloke won three balon d'or, equalling that of Cruyff and Platini and scored something like 36 goals in 27 games in one season for Ajax. He was top goalscorer in four consecutive years in the Eredivisie then went to Milan.

Despite not playing for six months he came back for Euro '88, scored a hat-trick against England, the winner against the West Germans in the semis and then THAT goal in the final, and also helped the Rossaneri win two European Cups.

Watching clips of him he looks the perfect number 9, scoring a wide variety of goals and looking so elegant and graceful on the ball. His career was curtailed at 28 years of age.

So just how good was Van Basten? Someone on the show claimed he was the best player on the planet for 10 years? If he would have played for a few more years surely he'd be alongside Cruyff, Pele, Maradona, Beckenbauer, Platini as a truly special great?

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June 30, 2010, 09:56:23 AM
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He was a ridiculously good striker.  He'd make goals from nothing, harass defenders to no end (A.C Milan, and Arrigo Sacchi, the manager who assembled the team, were known for "pressing", a word that was imported directly into Italian), and had a great touch.  I can't think of a better centre-forward that I've seen play.  The list of players you mentioned, however, are all playmakers and, thus, a little hard to compare him with.

June 30, 2010, 12:45:37 PM
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Watched every one of them programs, some of his goals were incredible!
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June 30, 2010, 02:05:51 PM
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He was a very good player indeed, and perhaps the shortness of his career stopped him from being one of the all time greats.

The ankle injury that forced him to stop was ultimately his own fault.
When still playing for Ajax, he was irritated while playing against FC Groningen.
He tracked back and made a stupid lunging tackle near his own corner flag.
The ankle injury that resulted forced him to end his career in the end.
So unnecessary.
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June 30, 2010, 06:03:50 PM
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Watched every one of them programs, some of his goals were incredible!

They really were! He seems an unbelievable talent.

July 01, 2010, 05:20:29 AM
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He was a very good player indeed, and perhaps the shortness of his career stopped him from being one of the all time greats.

The ankle injury that forced him to stop was ultimately his own fault.
When still playing for Ajax, he was irritated while playing against FC Groningen.
He tracked back and made a stupid lunging tackle near his own corner flag.
The ankle injury that resulted forced him to end his career in the end.
So unnecessary.

Didn't know that.  I thought the end of van Basten's career was one of the reasons they outlawed tacking from behind.