One of those great players whose career was cut short by injury, we,ll never know how much further van Basten could have gone. After such a prestigious career leading up to summer 1993, some might suggest that it was better to burn out than fade away—but that would just be silliness.
Still, after winning both the Serie A and Eredivisie titles three times each, plus earning his place in the prestigious three-time Ballon d’Or winners club, not having a European Cup/Champions League winner’s medal will be van Basten’s only regret, at least on the club side of things.
Though much of van Basten’s career was during the 1980s, while part of the highly-talented Dutch contingent at AC Milan he scored 60 goals in 95 appearances in the first three years of the nineties and was an integral part of all three Serie A titles that he won with the Rossoneri.
But despite there being many memories to cherish, the stand-out moment of his career remains the fantastic—and improbable—volley while playing for his country in the Euro 1988 final.