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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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Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Forward Marcel "Marco" Van Basten is a Dutch football manager and former football player, who played for Ajax and A.C. Milan, as well as the Netherlands national team, in the 1980s and early ...more

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1,135 115
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Forward, Midfielder Hendrik Johannes Cruijff OON, born 25 April 1947, known as Johan Cruyff, is a former Dutch footballer and was until recently the manager of the Catalonia football team. He won the Ballon d'Or ...more

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Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Defender, Forward, Midfielder Ruud Gullit, OON, is a Dutch football manager and former football player who played professionally in the 1980s and 1990s. He was the captain of the Netherlands national team that was victorious ...more

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Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
BaruchLalaev added Defender, Midfielder Franklin Edmundo Rijkaard is a Dutch football manager and former player. Rijkaard has played for Ajax, Real Zaragoza and Milan, and represented his national side 73 times, scoring 10 goals. In ...more

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339 289
Clarence Seedorf is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Midfielder Clarence Clyde Seedorf is a Dutch former footballer and former manager of A.C. Milan regarded by many as one of the best midfielders of his generation. Seedorf is one of the most decorated Dutch ...more

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370 126
Johan Neeskens is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
BaruchLalaev added Midfielder Johannes Jacobus "Johan" Neeskens is a Dutch football manager and former midfielder. As a player, he was an important member of the Dutch national team that finished as runners-up in ...more

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Ruud Krol is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Defender Rudolf Jozef Krol is a retired Dutch footballer who was capped 83 times for his native country. Most of his career he played for his home town club, Ajax, and he became a coach after retirement. ...more

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Rob Rensenbrink is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
BaruchLalaev added Forward, Midfielder Pieter Robert Rensenbrink is a former Dutch football player and member of the Dutch national football team that reached two World Cup finals in 1974 and 1978. A creative left winger or forward ...more

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Dennis Bergkamp is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
BaruchLalaev added Forward Dennis Nicolaas Maria Bergkamp is a Dutch former professional footballer, who is the assistant manager to Frank de Boer at Ajax. Originally a wide midfielder, Bergkamp was moved to main striker ...more

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857 234
Arjen Robben is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Winger, Forward, Midfielder Arjen Robben is a Dutch professional footballer who plays for German Bundesliga club Bayern Munich and the Netherlands national team. Robben has appeared at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 UEFA European ...more

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466 124
Edwin van der Sar is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
scruffenstein added Goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar OON is a Dutch former footballer who played as a goalkeeper for Ajax, Juventus, Fulham and Manchester United. He is the most capped player in the Netherlands national team's ...more

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448 166
Robin van Persie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
BaruchLalaev added Forward Robin van persie is a talented Netherlands player Robin van Persie is a Dutch footballer who plays as a striker for Manchester United and is the captain of the Netherlands national team. He is a youth product of Feyenoord. Having joined Arsenal ...more

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326 129
Marc Overmars is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Forward, Midfielder Marc Overmars is a Dutch former footballer who is the director of football at Ajax. Throughout his footballing career, he played as a winger and was renowned for his speed. Overmars was born in ...more

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Willy van de Kerkhof is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Midfielder Wilhelmus "Willy" Antonius van de Kerkhof is a former Dutch footballer. Van de Kerkhof and his twin brother René were squad members of the Dutch national team that made the ...more

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505 171
Wesley Sneijder is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Midfielder Wesley Sneijder is a Dutch professional footballer who plays for the Turkish club Galatasaray and the Netherlands national team. He was named UEFA midfielder of the season and one of the three ...more

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260 99
Willem van Hanegem is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Midfielder Willem "Wim" van Hanegem is a Dutch football midfielder and coach born in Breskens, Zeeland. In a playing career spanning over 20 years he won several domestic honours in the ...more

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176 59
Wim Suurbier is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Defender Wilhelmus "Wim" Lourens Johannes Suurbier is a former Dutch football player and among others assistant coach of the Albanian national team. He was a wingback who was part of the Dutch ...more

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145 55
Gé van Dijk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Gé van Dijk Gérard van Dijk was a football player and coach. He played his entire career for Ajax Amsterdam, won two Eredivisie titles. He played 317 matches and scored 89 goals and was the top ...more

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170 73
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 Wilhelmus "Willy" Martinus Leonardus Johannes van der Kuijlen is a former Dutch football player and currently a scout for PSV Eindhoven. Van der Kuijlen was born in Helmond and started ...more

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109 28
Gerry Muhren is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Sparwasser added Gerry Muhren

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174 86
Wim Kieft is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Forward Willem "Wim" Cornelis Nicolaas Kieft is a Dutch retired footballer who played as a centre forward. A prolific goal-scorer whose main asset resided in his heading ability, he played in ...more

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123 55
Stan Valckx is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Stan Valckx Defender Stanislaus "Stan" Henricus Christina Valckx is a Dutch retired footballer who played as a central defender.

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165 74
Wim Jansen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Wim Jansen Midfielder Wilhelmus Marinus Anthonius Jansen is a Dutch former association football player and manager. Jansen won 65 international caps with the Netherlands national football team and played in the Dutch ...more

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162 74
Sjaak Swart is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Sjaak Swart Forward Jesaia Swart is a former Dutch footballer who played for Ajax Amsterdam a total of almost 600 matches, a record for the club.

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217 166
Jasper Cillessen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
MichaelNedergaard added Goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen is a Dutch professional footballer who currently plays as a goalkeeper for Eredivisie club Ajax. In May 2011, he received his first call-up for the Netherlands national team. He ...more

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Theo de Jong is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Theo de Jong Midfielder Theodorus Jacob de Jong is a former Dutch footballer and now coach. During his career he played for NEC Nijmegen and Feyenoord Rotterdam. He earned 15 caps and scored 3 goals for the Netherlands ...more

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Wim Jonk is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Midfielder Wilhelmus "Wim" Maria Jonk is a retired Dutch footballer. At the height of his career, he also played for the Netherlands national team.

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Wim Rijsbergen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Defender Wilhelmus "Wim" Gerardus Rijsbergen is a football manager and former defender from the Netherlands. Rijsbergen, an assistant to Leo Beenhakker at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, assumed ...more

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Ruud Knol is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Ruud Knol Defender Ruud Knol is a Dutch football centre back who currently plays for Sparta Rotterdam in the Dutch second division. Knol was born in Zevenaar, in the province of Gelderland and started his career ...more

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Simon Tahamata is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Simon Tahamata Midfielder Simon Melkianus Tahamata is a former Dutch and Belgian football player originating from the Maluku Islands, who has played for Dutch and Belgian clubs. He has played 22 times for the Dutch ...more

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Tinus Bosselaar is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Tinus Bosselaar Forward Martinus "Tinus" Bosselaar is a retired Dutch footballer who was active as a left winger. Bosselaar is known as one of the greatest players at Sparta off all time. He started at the ...more

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55 54
Theo Janssen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Midfielder Theo Janssen is a Dutch former footballer who played as a midfielder for various clubs in the Netherlands, including Vitesse, Twente and Ajax, as well as on loan for Belgian club Genk. He spent ...more

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53 55
Youri Mulder is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Forward Youri Mulder is a retired Dutch footballer who played as a striker and also a manager.

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Memphis Depay is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
scruffenstein added Memphis Depay is a Dutch footballer who plays as a winger for Dutch club PSV and the Netherlands national team.

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47 53
Tim Janssen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Tim Janssen Forward Tim Wilhelmus Janssen is a Dutch footballer who currently plays as a striker for De Graafschap in the Dutch Eerste Divisie. He made his debut in the professional football squad of FC Zwolle in ...more

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Theo Snelders is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Theo Snelders Goalkeeper Theodorus Antonius Gerardus "Theo" Snelders is a Dutch former footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

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49 41
Theo van Duivenbode is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Theo van Duivenbode Defender Theo van Duivenbode is a former Dutch footballer who played for AFC Ajax and Feyenoord and was part of their European and Intercontinental Cup victory in 1970. He earned 5 caps for the ...more

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Sjaak Polak is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Sjaak Polak Defender Sjaak Polak is a Dutch former footballer.

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41 48
Sander Westerveld is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Goalkeeper Sander Westerveld is a retired Dutch professional football goalkeeper who is currently the goalkeeping coach of South African Premier Soccer League club Ajax Cape Town. The highlight of his ...more

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Rinus Israël is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Rinus Israël Defender Marinus David Israël is a former Dutch football player, manager and currently scout. Nicknamed IJzeren Rinus he formed a solid defence line at Feyenoord with Theo Laseroms.

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Virgil van Dijk is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
1526824359420 added Defender 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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Theo Zwarthoed is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Theo Zwarthoed Goalkeeper Theodorus "Theo" Antonius Marie Zwarthoed is a professional Dutch footballer who currently plays for FC Volendam in the Dutch Eerste Divisie. He previously played for AZ, SBV ...more

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Theo Laseroms is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Theo Laseroms Defender Matheus Wilhelmus Theodorus Laseroms was a football defender from the Netherlands, who made a name for himself when he played for Feyenoord Rotterdam. Born in Roosendaal, he has six caps for the ...more

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Sjaak Troost is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Sjaak Troost Defender Jacob "Sjaak" Troost is a Dutch retired footballer who played as a defender.

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Wim Koevermans is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Wim Koevermans Defender Wilhelmus Jacobus Koevermans, a former football central defender from The Netherlands, who earned one cap for the Netherlands national football team. He was a member of the Dutch team that won ...more

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29 34
Stefan Postma is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Stefan Postma Goalkeeper Stefan Postma is a Dutch former footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He is currently a goalkeeping coach at his last club, AGOVV Apeldoorn.

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René van Dieren is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
René van Dieren René Theo van Dieren is a Dutch footballer who currently plays for FC Lienden in the Dutch Topklasse.

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Stefan Jansen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Stefan Jansen Forward Stefan Jansen is a former football striker from the Netherlands, who started his professional career in the 1990-1991 season for Roda JC. Later on he played for FC Den Bosch, Cambuur Leeuwarden, ...more

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Thijs Sluijter is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Thijs Sluijter Thijs Sluijter is a Dutch football player, who plays as a left winger for ADO '20 in the Dutch Topklasse. Sluijter started his career with SC Heerenveen. In 2001 he left for Heracles. In June ...more

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Steef Nieuwendaal is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked
Steef Nieuwendaal Steef Nieuwendaal is a Dutch footballer who currently plays for Sparta Rotterdam. Nieuwendaal is a midfielder who was born in Weert and made his debut in professional football, being part of the ...more