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The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked

Updated February 23, 2021 25.1k votes 4.4k voters 213.4k views75 items

List RulesSoccer 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 Cruijff1
    2,315
    161

    Johan Cruijff

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceAmsterdam, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Hendrik Johannes Cruijff OON (Dutch: [ˈjoːɦɑn ˈkrœyf] (listen), internationally spelled...  more

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  • Dennis Bergkamp2
    1,286
    298

    BirthplaceAmsterdam, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Dennis Nicolaas Maria Bergkamp (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈdɛnəs ˈbɛrxkɑmp] (listen); born 10 May...  more

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  • Arjen Robben3
    1,371
    347

    Arjen Robben

    Winger, Forward

    BirthplaceBedum, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Arjen Robben (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɑrjən ˈrɔbə(n)] (listen); born 23 January 1984) is a...  more

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  • Ruud Gullit4
    882
    357

    Ruud Gullit

    Defender, Forward

    BirthplaceAmsterdam, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Ruud Gullit, OON (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈryt ˈxʏlɪt] (listen); born Rudi Dil; 1 September...  more

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  • Edwin van der Sar5
    761
    251

    BirthplaceVoorhout, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Edwin van der Sar OON (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɛtʋɪn vɑn dɛr ˈsɑr] (listen)) (born 29 October...  more

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  • Virgil van Dijk6
    563
    147

    Virgil van Dijk

    Defender

    BirthplaceBreda, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Virgil van Dijk is a Dutch footballer who currently plays as a centre back for Scottish...  more

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  • Marco van Basten7
    1,146
    676

    BirthplaceUtrecht, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Marcel "Marco" van Basten (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈmɑrkoː vɑn ˈbɑstə(n)] (listen); born 31...  more

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  • Wesley Sneijder8
    750
    283

    Wesley Sneijder

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceUtrecht, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Wesley Sneijder (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈʋɛsli ˈsnɛi̯dər] (listen); born 9 June 1984) is a...  more
  • Johan Neeskens9
    515
    268

    Johan Neeskens

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceHeemstede, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Johannes Jacobus "Johan" Neeskens (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈjoːɦɑn ˈneːskə(n)s]; born 15...  more
  • Willem van Hanegem10
    385
    165

    BirthplaceBreskens, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Willem "Wim" van Hanegem (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈʋɪləm ˈʋɪm vɑn ˈɦaːnəɣɛm]; born 20 February...  more
  • Frank Rijkaard11
    616
    396

    Frank Rijkaard

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplaceAmsterdam, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Franklin Edmundo Rijkaard (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈfrɑŋk ˈrɛi̯kaːrt] (listen); born 30...  more
  • Ruud Krol12
    455
    273

    Ruud Krol

    Defender

    BirthplaceAmsterdam, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Rudolf ("Ruud" or "Rudi") Jozef Krol (born 24 March 1949) is a Dutch retired footballer who...  more
  • Marc Overmars13
    422
    236

    Marc Overmars

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceEmst, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Marc Overmars (Dutch: [ˈmɑrk ˈoːvərmɑrs] (listen), born 29 March 1973) is a Dutch former...  more
  • Clarence Seedorf14
    578
    417

    BirthplaceParamaribo, Suriname

    NationalitySuriname, Netherlands

    Clarence Clyde Seedorf (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈklɛrəns ˈseːdɔrf] (listen); born 1 April 1976)...  more

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  • Rob Rensenbrink15
    367
    260

    Rob Rensenbrink

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceAmsterdam, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Pieter Robert ("Rob") Rensenbrink (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈpitər ˈroːbərt (ˈrɔp)...  more
  • Wim Suurbier16
    211
    135

    Wim Suurbier

    Defender

    BirthplaceEindhoven, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Wilhelmus "Wim" Lourens Johannes Suurbier (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈʋɪm ˈsyːr.ˌbiːr]) (born 16...  more
  • Wim Jansen17
    181
    111

    Wim Jansen

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceRotterdam, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Wilhelmus Marinus Anthonius Jansen (born 28 October 1946 in Rotterdam) is a Dutch former...  more
  • Sjaak Swart18
    189
    128

    Sjaak Swart

    Forward

    BirthplaceAmsterdam, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Jesaia "Sjaak" Swart (born 3 July 1938) is a Dutch former footballer who played as a winger...  more
  • Willy van der Kuijlen19
    190
    125

    Willy van der Kuijlen

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceHelmond, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Wilhelmus Martinus Leonardus Johannes "Willy" van der Kuijlen (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈwili vɑn...  more
  • Gerry Muhren20
    134
    92

    Gerry Muhren

  • Theo de Jong21
    136
    86

    Theo de Jong

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceLeeuwarden, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Theodorus ("Theo") Jacob de Jong (born 11 August 1947 in Leeuwarden) is a former Dutch...  more
  • Wim Jonk22
    154
    126

    Wim Jonk

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceVolendam, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Wilhelmus Maria "Wim" Jonk (born 12 October 1966) is a Dutch football coach, former...  more
  • Willy van de Kerkhof23
    230
    190

    BirthplaceHelmond, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Wilhelmus "Willy" Antonius van de Kerkhof (Dutch pronunciation: [ʋɪlˈɦɛlmɵs ˈʋɪli ɑnˈtoːnijəs...  more
  • Wim Rijsbergen24
    131
    91

    BirthplaceLeiden, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Wilhelmus "Wim" Gerardus Rijsbergen (Dutch pronunciation: [ʋɪlˈɦɛlmɵs (ˈʋɪm) ɣeːˈrɑrdɵs...  more
  • Wim Kieft25
    181
    141

    Wim Kieft

    Forward

    BirthplaceAmsterdam, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

    Willem Cornelis Nicolaas "Wim" Kieft (born 12 November 1962) is a Dutch retired footballer who...  more