Salvatore: I was looking at my grandad’s old Panini magazine where young people and children stick the stickers of their favourite footballers… Grandad, who is this footballer? (I point to Van Basten)
Grandad: this is Marcel van Basten, he was a football coach and former Dutch footballer of my generation. He also was football ambassador for UEFA. He is considered among the best players in career football history. He was the first of ten players to score a quatern in a single UEFA Champions League match, as well as the only one (together with Silvio Piola) to have scored at least one goal for every Serie A team he has faced.
S. : do you know how many goals did he score?
G.: yes, he scored 314 goals (of which 277 with club teams, 24 with the Dutch national team and 13 with the Under-21 national team), which ended prematurely at the age of only 28 of some injuries.
S. so he retired very young…
G.: officially the announcement of his retirement was made in 1995, when the player was 30 years old. S. in which football clubs did he play?
G.: he played for Ajax and Milan, in the Rossoneri jersey he composed an exceptional trio together with compatriots Ruud Gullit and Frank Rijkaard, symbol of numerous successes of the team coached by Arrigo Sacchi and then by Fabio Capello.
European champion with the Netherlands in 1988, a tournament in which he was also top scorer, van Basten won three Golden Balls, in 1988, 1989 and 1992. He was elected FIFA World Player in 1992.
S.: great, thank you, grandad, to let me know this champion!