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Holland’s 5 Greatest Ever Footballers

The Dutch national team’s status as one of the best teams in the world is unquestionable both historically and recently. 

The Western European side has only won one major international trophy in the form of the 1988 UEFA European Championships, but also regularly appears and place either second or third in major tournaments. 

The Dutch are known for being exceptionally technical with a love for passing the ball and the national side has regularly consisted of multiple superstars in the same team.

Here are 5 of the best to have represented Holland:

Johan Cruyff

Position: Attacking Midfielder / Forward

Caps: 48

Goals: 33

The most famous proponent and exponent of the Total Football philosophy, as well as the originator of football’s most common dribble in the ‘Cruyff Turn’, Johann Cruyff is an icon of the sport. The maestro’s senior international debut came in September 1966 at the age of 19, and he took his chance, scoring in a 2-2 draw vs Hungary. His debut came in his second season as a pro for Dutch giants AFC Ajax

Despite hitting double figures for goals in six consecutive league seasons and ofte…

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