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13. Marco van Basten

Van Basten was a supreme striker, perhaps the most complete in the history of the game.  He scored 301 goals and won two European Cups, 14 domestic trophies and three Ballons d’Or. It’s an incredibly impressive haul, but doubly so considering that injury curtailed his career – he played his last game at just 28 years old.

He averaged almost a goal a game in his first six seasons at Ajax and, following his move to Arrigo Sacchi’s Milan, scored the goals that saw the Rossoneri win the European Cup in successive seasons as they dominated at home and abroad.

Career highlight: There’s no debate. That magisterial swing of his right boot in Munich to send the ball arcing perfectly over Rinat Dasayev, delivering the Netherlands’ one and only international trophy at Euro 88.

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