Ajax AFC has been a Dutch football powerhouse since its inception in 1900. They were always ahead of the curve when it came to churning out talented players. We managed to come up with a list of the 5 best players to ever play for Ajax AFC. It was based on exclusively on ability.
1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Standing at 1.95m, the eccentric Swede was always a handful for defenders more so while defending set-pieces. He had unbelievable technique for a man so tall. Bought from Malmo fc for a record fee 8.7m Euros, he started off slow but he picked it up and ended up winning two league titles and the KNVB cup. And who can forget that stupendous goal against NAC Breda when he nearly took on the whole team? Here is Ibrahimovic in action.
2. Luis Suarez
Before lighting up the premier league, El Pistolero used to bang in the goals for Ajax. Even though he has gained somewhat of a bad rap due to his antics on the field, he was a tremendous player. Liverpool fans labeled him as so good he could nutmeg a mermaid! Yet for all the skill he had, he was still a combative striker giving his all for the good of the team.
3. Dennis Bergkamp
He is Ajax through and through. He came up through their ranks and was best known for his composure and skill on the ball. Since his pro debut in 1986 until 1993 he turned up for his hometown club and scored 122 goals in 239 games. The last two seasons had him as the top goalscorer.
4. Marco Van Basten
A three time Ballon d’Or winner and perhaps the best executor of hard thumping volleys. He was all you could want in a striker. Quick, strong,tactically and technically astute as well as good in the air. He held the ball well and played in his teammates. He acquired the moniker “Swan of Utrecht” for his grace when on the ball.
5. Yohann Cruyff
A three time Ballon d’Or winner as well, he was the epitome of Dutch football. He joined Ajax on his 10th birthday and never looked back. An avid disciple of Total Football, he influenced a lot of the managers coaching today including but not limited to Sir Alex Ferguson, Pep Guardiola and Arsene Wenger. Cruyff was so good that he had a feint named after him after he executed it out of nothing. His ingenuity was out of this world.