Who is Marco van Basten?

Marco van Basten is a famous former footballer from the Netherlands.  Marco succeeded to contribute a lot to the football fraternity in the short span of his career. He used to play from the position of “Striker.” Marco is famous for his dribbling skills, attacking skills, and passing skills. He was in the club “AC Milan”, “Ajax” and the national team of the Netherlands. Marco started his career with the youth team of the club “UVV Utrecht.”

Quick Info
Full NameMarcel Marco van, Basten
Date of BirthOctober 31st, 1964
Birth PlaceUtrecht, Netherlands
ProfessionFootball player
Spouse(s)Liesbeth van Cappelleveen
Net worth £15 million

 His popularity increased from his performance in the club “AFC Ajax.” Then, he joined the club “AC Milan.” He helped the club to win a lot of tournaments within eight years in the club. His skills had made him one of the greatest players during the 1980s and 1990s. Marco had to end his professional footballer due to his knee injury. Then, he became the manager of the clubs like “Heerenveen” and the “Ajax.” He was also in the national team of the Netherlands.


The full name of Marco van Basten is Marcel Marco van, Basten. His current age is 56 years. The nationality of Marco is Dutch. He has an attractive height of 6 feet 2 inches along with a complimentary weight of 80 kgs. His ethnicity is not clear.  His nickname is “The Swan of Utrecht.”

Marco van Basten

Early Life

The birthplace of Marco van Basten is Utrecht, Netherlands. He came into the world on October 31st, 1964. His father’s name is Joop van Basten. He used to play football on the semi-professional level. His mother’s name is Leny van Basten. He started his career at a young age. Marco was only six years old when he joined the club “EDO.” He moved to the club “UVV Utrecht” when he was seven years old. Marco was in the club till he was sixteen years old. Marco joined the club “AFC Ajax” in 1981. He played the first match for the club in April 1982. He succeeded to score his first goal in the match.

Relationship/Personal Life

Marco van Basten tied knots with Liesbeth van Cappelleveen in 1993. They are blessed with three children Alexander, Deborah, and Rebecca.

Twitter and Instagram

Marco van Basten is active on social media platforms. He goes with the name of the “marcovanbasten” on Instagram with 445K followers and “Marco van Basten” on Twitter with 48.9K followers. Marco doesn’t have an official Facebook page Facebook. He shares glimpses of his matches, family happiness, and society related posts. 


The educational details of Marco van Basten are not available.

Fifa, Goal, and Career

The professional career of Marco van Basten started at the beginning of the “1982 season.” It was after he joined the club “AFC Ajax.” He succeeded to score nine goals for the match in the league. Marco started playing from the “forward” position. He was in the club for four seasons. Marco succeeded to become the “Top Scorer” during the “Dutch League.” He also evolved as the “Striker” in Europe.

He succeeded to score 36 goals for the club. This made him win the “European Golden Boot.” It was his last season in the club. Marco left the club in 1987. He succeeded to score 128 goals by appearing in 133 games. His team also won “League Titles” three times and “UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup.”

Likewise, he represented his country in the “European Championships” in 1988. He scored 5 goals during that time. He was part of the team that reached the semi-finals in the “World Cup.” Marco appeared in a total of 58 matches and scored 24 goals during that time. He joined the club “AC Milan” in 1987. He was in the team that won the league title in the season. Marco failed to appear in a lot of matches due to his injury.

Marco van Basten

He succeeded to score 19 goals for the club in the 1988 season. The team succeeded to win the “League” and the “European Cup.” Marco also helped the team to win the “European Cup” in the 1999 season.

Moreover, Marco scored 25 goals for the club “AC Milan” in the 1991-1992 season. After appearing for the club for eight years. He appeared in 147 seasons for the club and succeeded to score 90 goals in the team. It was due to his severe knee injury that he had to end his football career. Then, he retired from his profession after the season.

Although Marco van Basten stopped playing professionally he could not stay away from the club. Then, he started training to become a coach. He became the assistant manager of the club “Ajax.” He was part of the club for one year. Marco also got the opportunity to become the manager of the national team of the Netherlands in 2004. The team succeeded to do well in the “World Cup” in 2006 and the “ European Championships” in 2008. He rejoined the club Ajax in 2008 as a manager. The team failed to reach the “Champions League” and he resigned from the post in 2009. He became the manager of the club “Heerenveen” in 2012 where famous Moroccan player Hakim Ziyech joined in 2013.

Marco succeeded to improve the position of the club. He joined the club “AZ” as the manager in 2014. He then became the assistant of the head coach. He became the assistant coach of the national team of the Netherlands.

Marco van Basten

Net worth

Marco van Basten has been part of the sports fraternity for more than thirty years. He has contributed a lot to make the team win a lot of tournaments. According to wtfoot.com, he has an approximate net worth of £15 million.