Marco Van Basten: the front of the years 80

Marco Van Basten: el delantero de los años 80
Marco Van Basten, one of the best strikers in history. FOTO: Brand

Last update 20 August, 2021 por Alberto Llopis

Hanging by the Football presents one of the most complete strikers that have never existed: Marco Van Basten, that lanky Dutch striker that late 80 and beginning of 90 shone in the areas of major soccer fields thanks to his spectacular technique and its effectiveness in front of goal. Uno de the best forwards in the history of football.

En Marco Van Basten he met all the requirements of a perfect striker; height, auction, good passing game, game viewing, velocidad, desmarque, goal and dribble with excellent planted to leave the defenses. All of this, under a stratospheric elegance.

Marco Van Basten, one of the best in history in his position

Born in Utrecht in 1964 and formed in the lower levels of Ajax, his first match 3 de abril de 1982 Amsterdam with the team was going to be a premonition of what was to be his career: Johan Cruyff replaced and score another goal. A whole achievement for a boy of just 18 años, already I am going to get that same season their first Dutch league.

Marco Van Basten
Marco Van Basten debuted at Ajax in the early 80's. FOTO: Ajax

El año 83 It was the confirmation. Nine goals 20 parties, for Ajax would win the league with 106 goals scored and just two defeats. Figures to which should be added the Cup title harvested by the rojiblancos. His outstanding performance did not go in vain, which she led him to make debut with the selection the same 7 de septiembre de 1983 in a match against Iceland.

One year later Marco Van Basten he would definitely become a big European football. Despite finishing third in league, Utrecht striker would mark the not inconsiderable figure of 28 goals in 26 games earning him a flood of praise for his refined technique and easy to see door. Not for nothing was silver boot Europe, surpassed only by Ian Rush del Liverpool.

Johan Cruyff, more than a mentor to him

The arrival of Johan Cruyff to the sports management of Ajax once again represented a step forward in the career of Marco Van Basten. New champions (84-85) and top scorer of the championship with 22 goles, Van Basten and sounded hard to strengthen the leading teams of the continent. A top scorer would repeat the following year, when he would get awarded the golden boot after scoring 37 goals in the league. An effort yet, he would not grant a new league title.

His signing for Sacchi's Milan took him to glory

The last season of Marco Van Basten with Ajax would be marked by the signing by AC Milan. Berlusconi had bespoken the transfer of Dutch striker in season two and a half million dollars, It prompting Marco dosificase to avoid injury.

So he decided not to play in the league when he had midweek European competition. These energy savings would be useless, because Ajax would be proclaimed champion of the Recopa with a goal from Marco Van Basten against the German Lokomotiv of Leizpig. En total, Marco would end with Ajax 128 goals in 133 parties, a crazy figure for the time before being part of the Sacchi Milan, one of the best teams in history.

Marco Van Basten fue el "Killer" del gran Milán de Arrigo Sacchi.
Marco Van Basten was the “Killer” the great Milan of Arrigo Sacchi.

Euro Star 88, Golden Ball and win at Calcio

Arrival at Milan season 87-88 It was not easy for Van Basten. numerous injuries ( the most important operation collarbone) They kept him out of action most of the season, which it did not prevent it was called by Netherlands to dispute the Euro 88 from Germany. In her, despite leaving alternate, he was going to become the big star by scoring in the final against the USSR his most famous goal, after hooking a spectacular volley.

After the summer, Marco Van Basten he returned to Milan where he was to complete two fabulous seasons that were to lead to win the Ballon d'Or in 1988 y 1989. In those two years, He won two European Cups. Particularly noteworthy was the first with the Dutch marking 9 goals in 10 parties and contributing to the final with two goals against Steaua.

Marco Van Basten
The Golden Ball was clear Dutch Color.

Además, manage to win the Italian top scorer in 1990. Only the great Maradona Napoli could stop the Milan Marco Van Basten and Sacchi. The season 91-92 It was superb for him. Won a league without losing a single game and again the top scorer trophy auparon him a new golden ball (el tercero) and one FIFA World Player.

Injuries ended Marco Van Basten's career

Sin embargo, the big race of the Dutch fine would be cut short by injuries, especially ankle he suffered in the season 92-93, which led to his abandonment of football with just 29 years lost end of the European Cup 1993 against Olympique Marseille. This was the last game of the great Marco Van Basten. It was the farewell of one of the greatest strikers in history.

Julio Muñoz

Journalist, specialist in international football and retro. I write in Colgadosporelfutbol.com and you can follow me at @ juliomv1982

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