Retired Dutch footballer Clarence Seedorf is widely regarded by many as one of the best midfielders in a generation.
A long with his 87 appearances for the Netherlands national team, and his numerous club level accolades, I’d say what he’s most known for is the pieces of stardom he produced on a champions league night.
Seedorf began his career at Ajax under Louis Van Gaal, rising through the fabled youth academy. He played a pivotal role to the success of the young 1995 Ajax side, with himself only at 19 already winning a champions league title and taking home the Eredivisie.
Of course after this success, Europe came knocking. A short season with Sampdoria proved to be a stepping stone for Seedorf. Real Madrid signed him up, and the 3 year stint was a nothing less than trophy laden for the Netherlands’ international - providing him with his second champions league medal.
Arriving back to Italy, initially with a stop a Internazionale, it was at AC Milan he found his true form. He won six trophies over a ten-year spell plus adding a further two champions leagues to his repertoire - becoming the only ever player to win 3 champions league’s at 3 different clubs.
Throughout his career he earned the nickname ‘Il Professore’; a well-rounded, versatile midfielder with a gift of physicality and technical intelligence. During his time at Milan he was apart of the quartet of Pirlo, Gattuso, himself and Kaka - his career is an infamous tale, putting him up there as one the most elite midfielders ever to grace the pitch.
To now, he’s working on several philanthropy projects plus leading debates and talks.