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The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked

Updated July 13, 2021 26.2k votes 4.7k voters 223.8k views129 items

List RulesVote up football players from the Netherlands or played on the Netherlands national team.

Who are the best football players from Holland? This list includes the greatest soccer players born in the Netherlands or who played on the Dutch national football team. While the Netherlands men's national team has a long and storied history of producing top international talent, fans of the Oranje have been waiting for the Flying Dutchmen to recapture international glory since 1988. So, who are the best footballers from the Netherlands? Who is the best Dutch soccer player of all time?

Some of the best Dutch soccer players include national legends like Johan Cruijff, Ruud Gullit, Arjen Robben, Robin van Persie and Wesley Sneijder. There are also current Dutch football stars such as Georginio Wijnaldum, Memphis Depay, Virgil van Dijk, and Denzel Dumfries, who are making an impact across the globe. 

Vote up the best soccer players from the Netherlands, and help decide who is the greatest Dutch footballer of all time!

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    Johan Cruijff

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceAmsterdam, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Hendrik Johannes Cruijff OON (Dutch: [ˈjoːɦɑn ˈkrœyf] (listen), internationally spelled Cruyff; 25 April 1947 – 24 March 2016) was a Dutch professional football player and coach. As a player, he won...  more

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    BirthplaceAmsterdam, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Dennis Nicolaas Maria Bergkamp (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈdɛnəs ˈbɛrxkɑmp] (listen); born 10 May 1969) is a Dutch former professional footballer, who until 21 December 2017 was the assistant manager at...  more

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    BirthplaceBedum, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Arjen Robben (born 23 January 1984) is a Dutch former footballer who played as a winger. He is known for his dribbling skills, speed, crossing ability and his accurate left foot long-range shots from...  more

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    Ruud Gullit

    Defender, Forward

    BirthplaceAmsterdam, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Ruud Gullit, OON (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈryt ˈxʏlɪt] (listen); born Rudi Dil; 1 September 1962) is a Dutch football manager and former footballer who played professionally in the 1980s and 1990s as a...  more
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    BirthplaceVoorhout, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Edwin van der Sar OON (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɛtʋɪn vɑn dɛr ˈsɑr] (listen)) (born 29 October 1970) is a Dutch former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. During his career he played...  more

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    BirthplaceUtrecht, Kingdom of the Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Marcel "Marco" van Basten (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈmɑrkoː vɑn ˈbɑstə(n)] (listen); born 31 October 1964) is a Dutch football manager and former professional football player, who played for Ajax and...  more

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    BirthplaceRotterdam, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Robin van Persie (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈrɔbɪn vɑn ˈpɛrsi] (listen); born 6 August 1983) is a Dutch former professional footballer who played as a forward. He is regarded as one of the best strikers...  more
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    308

    Wesley Sneijder

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceUtrecht, Kingdom of the Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Wesley Sneijder (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈʋɛsli ˈsnɛi̯dər] (listen); born 9 June 1984) is a Dutch retired professional footballer. He was named UEFA midfielder of the season and one of the three best...  more
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    Frank Rijkaard

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplaceAmsterdam, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Franklin Edmundo Rijkaard (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈfrɑŋk ˈrɛi̯kaːrt] (listen); born 30 September 1962) is a Dutch former footballer and former manager who played as a midfielder or defender. Rijkaard...  more
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    Johan Neeskens

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceHeemstede, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Johannes Jacobus "Johan" Neeskens (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈjoːɦɑn ˈneːskə(n)s]; born 15 September 1951) is a Dutch football manager and former midfielder. As a player, he was an important member of...  more
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    Virgil van Dijk

    Defender

    BirthplaceBreda, Kingdom of the Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Virgil van Dijk is a Dutch footballer who currently plays as a centre back for Scottish Premiership club Celtic and the Netherlands national football team. He was born to a Dutch Father and...  more

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    BirthplaceBreskens, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Willem "Wim" van Hanegem (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈʋɪləm ˈʋɪm vɑn ˈɦaːnəɣɛm]; born 20 February 1944) is a Dutch former football midfielder and coach born in Breskens, Zeeland. In a playing career...  more
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    BirthplaceParamaribo, Suriname

    NationalitySuriname, Netherlands

    Clarence Clyde Seedorf (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈklɛrəns ˈseːdɔrf] (listen); born 1 April 1976) is a Dutch professional football coach and former player. He was most recently the manager of the...  more

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    Ruud Krol

    Defender

    BirthplaceAmsterdam, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Rudolf ("Ruud" or "Rudi") Jozef Krol (born 24 March 1949) is a Dutch retired footballer who was capped 83 times for his native country. Most of his career he played for his home town club, Ajax, and...  more
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    429
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    Marc Overmars

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceEmst, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Marc Overmars (Dutch: [ˈmɑrk ˈoːvərmɑrs] (listen), born 29 March 1973) is a Dutch former footballer and the current director of football at Ajax. During his footballing career, he played as a winger...  more
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    Rob Rensenbrink

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceAmsterdam, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Pieter Robert ("Rob") Rensenbrink (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈpitər ˈroːbərt (ˈrɔp) ˈrɛnsə(m)ˌbrɪŋk]; born 3 July 1947) is a former Dutch footballer and member of the Dutch national football team that...  more
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    Wim Suurbier

    Defender

    BirthplaceEindhoven, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Wilhelmus "Wim" Lourens Johannes Suurbier (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈʋɪm ˈsyːr.ˌbiːr]) (born 16 January 1945 in Eindhoven, North Brabant) is a former Dutch football player and among others assistant...  more
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    184
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    Sjaak Swart

    Forward

    BirthplaceAmsterdam, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Jesaia "Sjaak" Swart (born 3 July 1938) is a Dutch former footballer who played as a winger for Ajax. During his career at Ajax, he amassed a total of almost 600 matches, a record for the club....  more
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    100

    Gerrie Mühren

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceVolendam, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Gerardus ("Gerrie") Dominicus Hyacinthus Mühren (2 February 1946 – 19 September 2013) was a Dutch footballer who played as a midfielder.Mühren was born in Volendam North Holland. He was the older...  more
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    173
    125

    Wim Jansen

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceRotterdam, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Wilhelmus Marinus Anthonius Jansen (born 28 October 1946 in Rotterdam) is a Dutch former footballer and manager. Jansen won 65 international caps with the Netherlands national football team and...  more
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    Willy van der Kuijlen

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceHelmond, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Wilhelmus Martinus Leonardus Johannes "Willy" van der Kuijlen (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈwili vɑn dɛr ˈkœy̯lə(n)]; born 6 December 1946) is a former Dutch football player and currently a scout for PSV...  more
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    BirthplaceHelmond, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Wilhelmus "Willy" Antonius van de Kerkhof (Dutch pronunciation: [ʋɪlˈɦɛlmɵs ˈʋɪli ɑnˈtoːnijəs fɑn də ˈkɛrkɦɔf]; born 16 September 1951) is a Dutch former footballer who played as a midfielder. Van de...  more
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    25
    2

    Johnny Rep

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceZaandam, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    John Nicholaas Rep (born 25 November 1951) is a former Dutch footballer. He currently holds the all-time record for FIFA World Cup goals for the Netherlands with 7....  more
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    Wim Jonk

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceVolendam, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Wilhelmus Maria "Wim" Jonk (born 12 October 1966) is a Dutch football coach, former international player and former Head of Academy at Ajax Amsterdam. Together with Jordi Cruyff, Jonk manages Cruyff...  more
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    Patrick Kluivert

    Forward

    BirthplaceAmsterdam, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Patrick Kluivert ([ˈpɛtrɪk ˈklœy̯vərt] (listen); born 1 July 1976) is a Dutch former football player and coach who is the academy director of FC Barcelona. He is the former director of football for...  more

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