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Name Ruud Gullit
Gender Male
Ethnic Dutch
Job Dutch Footballer
Desc A star for AC Milan and the Netherlands in the late 1980s, Ruud Gullit became a cult Premier League icon when he joined Chelsea in 1995. The towering Dutch midfielder had an instant impact at Stamford Bridge, earning a place in the PFA Team of the Year and being crowned the club’s Player of the Year in his first season. He would later go on to manage the club, steering them to FA Cup glory in 1997

Affiliation

Org Dutch National Team
Club as Coach Chelsea FC
Club as Player AC Milan

2012 11 11 Retrieve

[Former AC Milan Gullit’s response when asked which German player he would select for the Dutch national team if he could choose one, in an interview with German newspaper ‘Bild am Sonntag’] Give us Mesut Özil right now! We need him. He’s technically perfect. He has total control of the ball and has great imagination. His pass-and-move style of play would be perfect for us

[The Dutchman believes that there are only three players in the world who should be classed in the superstar category: Leo Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar] Marco Reus is an excellent player, but he’s not quite a superstar

2016 02 17 Retrieve

[Quotes on Marcel Desailly] A very strong defender and excellent in the air, which is something you need. He also had the kind of pace and power that would frighten attackers into making a mistake. Not necessarily a leader, but a very experienced defender. He would complement Baresi well

2016 09 09 Retrieve

[Ruud Gullit tells about his relationship with the late Johan Cruyff] I had the privilege and the luck of having him in my life. I am very grateful because he looked after me. We also had plenty of arguments because he acknowledged my opinion-even if Johan always wanted to be right. He was like a genius kid of 12 who had to go to university because he was cleverer than the professors. He was thinking so many steps ahead that, for many people, it was almost difficult to follow. Johan Cruyff was unique

2016 10 27 Retrieve

[Quote on Frank Rijkaard] A good defensive midfield player with vision and strength. I played with him at club and international level for many years and he was one of the best. He controlled the midfield with his presence, strength and technique. He would help start attacks, but make sure the other team couldn’t get at the defence. Provided a great balance to any team he played in

2016 10 28 Retrieve

[In almost perfect contrast with Van Basten’s arrival, Gullit’s Milan entrance was soundtracked by a blaze of police sirens, escorting him through the city streets. Surrounded by frowning carabinieri, flashing cameras, chanting fans and a crowd of onlookers, he revelled in the attention. He also showed his spikey side. Try this for an opening gambit] They told me in Holland that there are three daily sports papers here and that they’re generally full of rubbish. Is that true?

[Later, the dreadlocked striker would explain that] I grew up free, I grew up in Amsterdam. Growing up free is great if you’re strong. Maybe I was helped a little by my star sign, Virgo. When I knew what road I was going to take, nobody could stop me. Am I stubborn? Maybe, but also strong and confident

2017 06 01 Retrieve

[How Ruud Gullit’s libero role at Chelsea rocked the Premier League] My skills come out better as a sweeper

[Chelsea finished in the bottom half that season and Gullit was restricted to 21 appearances in all competitions because of injury. After three months he was usually operating in midfield, primarily because his teammates simply couldn’t understand his approach] I would take a difficult ball, control it, make space and play a good ball in front of the right-back. Except that he didn’t want that pass. Eventually, Glenn said to me, ‘Ruud, it would be better if you do these things in midfield’

2017 10 20 Retrieve

[Legendary Netherlands midfielder Ruud Gullit on goalkeeper] A goalkeeper is a goalkeeper because he can’t play football