The 10 greatest strikers of all time

Ashwin Hanagudu

#10 Marco van Basten

Van Basten goal

Marco Van Basten was undoubtedly one of the greatest talents to ever play the game. The Netherlands international had his greatest moment in the 1988 Euro final where he scored a stunning volley to give Netherlands their only major international trophy.

Van Basten played a starring role in UEFA Euro 1988 scoring 5 times which included a hat-trick against England, a goal in the semi-final against bitter rivals Germany and the stunning volley against Soviet Union in the final. With one of history’s most gilded touches, he smashed a volley in with all of his elegance and grace to score of the greatest goals anyone has ever seen. The Netherlands won 2-0, and they have not had anyone who could affect a final like that ever since, or ever before.

After an immensely successful spell at Ajax, Van Basten moved to Milan where he showed his knack of scoring in important matches once again when two goals in the European Cup final against Steaua Bucharest in 1988/89. Van Basten’s career was tragically cut short due to injury at the age of 28, but the two-time Ballon d’Or winner gave us plenty of moments to remember.

Having scored an amazing 277 goals in his club career, Van Basten is still fondly remembered at Ajax, Milan and Netherlands and is considered to be one of the most gifted strikers to ever grace the game.

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