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The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked 

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List Rules Soccer players from the Netherlands or played on the Netherlands national team.

Fans of Dutch soccer have always wanted to know who are the best Dutch soccer players of all time. The Netherlands have been home to many top footballers both past and present. In fact they took home the UEFA European Championship in 1988 under the leadership of Ruud Gullit. So does that make Gullit the best Dutch soccer player? See what fans think below.

This list of the best soccer players from Netherlands includes players that are born Dutch and those that played for the Netherlands national team. Player bios and photos have been provided when available. You'll see the players with the most votes at the top of the list, so if you're searching for a particular famous Dutch soccer player you can use the search box at the top of the list to find what you're looking for.

To make it on the list of the best Netherlands soccer players, these people should be on the level of elite footballers like Thijs Sluijter and Ruud Krol. So if you're ever wondering who are the best Dutch footballers or the greatest ever, this list has you covered. If you're in a fantasy soccer league, then you can use this list of the best Dutch soccer players to discover some new talent.
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Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Forward and Midfielder from Amsterdam, Netherlands

Nationality: Netherlands

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 ...more

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#723 of 925 People We Wish Were Still Alive #8 of 1,419 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #248 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time

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Arjen Robben is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Winger and Forward from Bedum, Netherlands

Nationality: Netherlands

Arjen Robben (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɑrjən ˈrɔbə(n)] (listen); born 23 January 1984) is a Dutch former footballer who played as a winger. He is known for his dribbling skills, speed, crossing ...more

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#47 of 1,419 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #1,006 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #82 of 357 The Best Current Soccer Players

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Dennis Bergkamp is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
BaruchLalaev added Forward from Amsterdam, Netherlands

Nationality: Netherlands

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 ...more

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#41 of 1,419 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #381 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #5 of 203 The Best Soccer Players of the '90s

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Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Defender and Forward from Amsterdam, Netherlands

Nationality: Netherlands

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 ...more

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#107 of 203 The Best Soccer Players of the '90s #808 of 1,419 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #504 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time

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Edwin van der Sar is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
scruffenstein added Goalkeeper from Voorhout, Netherlands

Nationality: Netherlands

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 ...more

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#44 of 203 The Best Soccer Players of the '90s #83 of 1,419 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #1,592 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time

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Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Forward from Utrecht, Netherlands

Nationality: Netherlands

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 ...more

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#97 of 203 The Best Soccer Players of the '90s #854 of 1,419 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #1,282 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time

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Wesley Sneijder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Midfielder from Utrecht, Netherlands

Nationality: Netherlands

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 ...more

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#103 of 1,419 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #307 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #172 of 357 The Best Current Soccer Players

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Johan Neeskens is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
BaruchLalaev added Midfielder from Heemstede, Netherlands

Nationality: Netherlands

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 ...more

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#815 of 1,419 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #264 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #34 of 103 The Best FC Barcelona Players Of All Time, Ranked

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Ruud Krol is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Defender from Amsterdam, Netherlands

Nationality: Netherlands

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 ...more

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#135 of 1,419 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #165 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #11 of 464 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time

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Virgil van Dijk is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
152022 added Virgil van Dijk Defender from Breda, Netherlands

Nationality: Netherlands

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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#59 of 464 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time #149 of 1,419 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #71 of 357 The Best Current Soccer Players

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Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
BaruchLalaev added Defender and Midfielder from Amsterdam, Netherlands

Nationality: Netherlands

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. ...more

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#121 of 203 The Best Soccer Players of the '90s #861 of 1,419 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #870 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time

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Willem van Hanegem is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Midfielder from Breskens, Netherlands

Nationality: Netherlands

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 ...more
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Marc Overmars is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Forward and Midfielder from Emst, Netherlands

Nationality: Netherlands

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 ...more

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#109 of 203 The Best Soccer Players of the '90s #115 of 1,419 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #1,843 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time

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Rob Rensenbrink is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
BaruchLalaev added Forward and Midfielder from Amsterdam, Netherlands

Nationality: Netherlands

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 ...more

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#761 of 1,419 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #205 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time

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Clarence Seedorf is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Midfielder from Paramaribo, Suriname

Nationality: Suriname, 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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#110 of 203 The Best Soccer Players of the '90s #88 of 1,419 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #395 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time

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Wim Suurbier is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Defender from Eindhoven, Netherlands

Nationality: Netherlands

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 ...more

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#362 of 1,419 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #33 of 464 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time

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Willy van de Kerkhof is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Midfielder from Helmond, Netherlands

Nationality: Netherlands

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 ...more

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#339 of 1,419 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #873 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time

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Wim Jansen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Wim Jansen Midfielder from Rotterdam, Netherlands

Nationality: Netherlands

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 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Willy van der Kuijlen Midfielder from Helmond, Netherlands

Nationality: Netherlands

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 ...more
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Sjaak Swart is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Sjaak Swart Forward from Amsterdam, Netherlands

Nationality: Netherlands

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
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Wim Jonk is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Midfielder from Volendam, Netherlands

Nationality: Netherlands

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 ...more
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Wim Kieft is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Forward from Amsterdam, Netherlands

Nationality: Netherlands

Willem Cornelis Nicolaas "Wim" Kieft (born 12 November 1962) is a Dutch retired footballer who played as a centre forward. A prolific goal-scorer whose main asset was his heading ...more
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Gerry Muhren is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
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Theo de Jong is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Theo de Jong Midfielder from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Nationality: Netherlands

Theodorus ("Theo") Jacob de Jong (born 11 August 1947 in Leeuwarden) is a former Dutch footballer and now coach in Nigerian Premier League at Ikorodu United F.C.. During his career he ...more
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Gé van Dijk is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Gé van Dijk

Nationality: Netherlands

Gérard ("Gé") van Dijk (15 August 1923 in Amsterdam – 29 May 2005) was a football player and coach.