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Best Ajax Forwards of All Time

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To be the winner in a football match, teams need to score goals and this goal scoring is the most vital responsibility of the teams' forwards. They have the duty to score goals or turn the chances created by others into goals. Here, in this article we want to list the Best Ajax forwards of all Time.

AFC Ajax

is a Dutch club which Founded in Amsterdam on 18 March 1900. It is considered as one of the most successful clubs in the 20th century according to the IFFHS. Since the establishment of Eredivisie as the top tier Dutch football league the Lancers have played continuously in the competition. Ajax is the most successful Dutch club that achieved the continental treble by winning the Eredivisie, KNVB Cup, and the European Cup. Ajax also has won all three major UEFA club competitions, which only three other teams have managed to do so.

Ajax is the most decorated club in the nation. The Sons of the God's all achievements are:

  • 34 Eredivisie titles     

  • 19 KNVB Cups

  • 4 European Cup / Champions League titles

  • 2 UEFA Super Cups

  • 1 European Cup Winners' Cup

  • 1 UEFA Cup

Surely, the key factor in Ajax success is due to it's capable and talented players, between them the forwards have a vital role. These forwards by scoring goals or helping to create chances for others to net, make their team victorious. There have been great forwards in Ajax history and in this article, we want to list the

Best ever Ajax forwards

to honor those who took this seriously.

Who are the Best Ajax forwards of all Time?

So here is the list of Best ever Ajax strikers! Tune in, enjoy and make sure to read the article completely.

Patrick Kluivert                                   

Patrick Stephan Kluivert is one of the individuals in the

Ajax best forwards ever

list. When he was younger he used to play several different positions as a youth, including defender but then  he mostly  played as an striker in different teams such as Ajax, Milan,

Barcelona

,

Newcastle United, Valencia

and

Lille

.

Born on 1 July 1976 in Amsterdam, Netherland, he started football from very young age and joined the Ajax Youth Academy at the age of seven.He played for the Dutch national teams under-15, under-16 and under-17. When he was 18 he joined Ajax and became a part of Ajax's Golden Generation in 1990s. In 1995 Champions League Final, he scored 85th-minute goal which made him the youngest player to score in a final of the main event of the European continent.

He finished his spell at the Amsterdam club in 1997 after rejecting Ajax's offer of a new contract. Although the period of his appearance was not so long but with 39 goals in 70 appearances, he is with no doubt one of the All-time Best Ajax forwards.

Josh Bosman

Johannes "John" Jacobus Bosman spent most of his career with Dutch clubs. The clubs that he played with are Ajax, Mechelen, PSV, Anderlecht, Twente, and AZ.

As you can see, he actually started his career with Ajax. Born on1 February 1965 in Bovenkerk, Netherlands he joined The Lancers in 1983 after he spent his youth career with Roda '23 and RKAVIC.Bosman made his league debut on 20 November against  Roda JC where he scored his first goal for the club.Since then, he has played 165 matches in Ajax's jersey, scoring 106 goals within those matches which place him among the

Best Ajax forwards of all Time

.He also was announced as the 1986–87 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup top scorer, a competition which Ajax won.

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In total, he played 425 matches in his career and netted 210 times most of which were in

Eredivisie

. To be exact, he scored 147 goals in the Netherlands' top tier league.He also netted 35 times in TOTO KNVB Beker,12 times in Cup Winners' Cup,4 times in the Champions League,4 times in the European Cup, and 8 times in other competitions. After playing 3 years for AZ, he retired in 2002. Later on, he returned to Ajax as a striker coach.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is is generally regarded as one of the best strikers of all time and one of the Best ever Ajax forwards as well.Born on 3 October 1981 in Malmo, Sweden, Ibrahimovic began playing football at the age of six.

He began his career at Malmo FF in 1999 and signed for Ajax two years later. In 2001 he joined Ajax, there he became well- known as one of the best forwards in Europe. On his Champions League debut in 2002, he scored five goals overally till Ajax fell to Milan in the quarter-finals.

After he scored a goal against NAC Breda in 2004, his profile rose a lot. That goal was voted the Goal of the Year by Eurosport viewers.After 3 years he left Ajax. With 74 appearances and scoring 35 goals, he is one of the Best ever Ajax forwards.

Ruud Geels

Geertruida ("Ruud") Maria Geels is another footballer in the list of

All-time Best Ajax forwards

. He played as a Second striker or Attacking midfielder for various clubs, mostly Dutch clubs. He also had spells in English and Belgian teams, Club Brugge and Anderlecht.

Born on 28 July 1948 in Haarlem, Netherlands, he started playing football with a youth team, RKVV DSS. Later on, he started his professional career with Telstar. Then he had some spells in Feijenoord, Go Ahead Eagles  and Club Brugge and, eventually, he joined The Lancers in 1974.He only played 4 seasons on Ajax's side but, became the Eredivisie Top Scorer in each season he played in Ajax's shirt and the fact that he managed to place himself among the

Best forwards in Ajax history

.within only 4 years, tells how good he was.

It's worth mentioning that he became the Eredivisie Top Scorer again when he was at Sparta. In the 1975–76 season, Geels became the UEFA Cup Top Scorer as well.Finally in 1978, after 150 appearances with The Sons of The Gods and winning one Eredivisie title, he left the club and joined

Anderlecht

.

Stefan Petterson

The next place in the list of Best Ajax forwards of all Time belongs to former Swedish striker Stefan Bengt Pettersson. He played 6 seasons with THe Sons of the Gods and netted a total of 100 times for them.He helped Ajay to win two Eredivisie titles, one Dutch cup, and a UFEA Cup.

Born on 22 March 1963 in Västerås, Sweden, he got trained and started his senior career with his local club, IFK Västerås in 1980. Then from 1982 till 1988, he had spells with two other Swedish clubs, IFK Norrköping and IFK Göteborg before he joined The Lancers.

Pettersson helped the club in several different situations like as an example, he scored in the 1992 UEFA final from the penalty spot. After 6 years with Ajax, he left the team and returned to IFK Göteborg in 1994.Most of his goals for Ajax were scored in Eredivisie. Pettersson netted 77 goals in 150 Dutch top tier league matches. Other than that, he scored 14 goals in UEFA Cup, and 8 goals in other competitions and claim his place among the Ajax best forwards ever.He retired in 1998 after 84 appearances on IFK Göteborg's side. This year, he will turn 58.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar

Ajax's current striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has claimed his place among the

Best Ajax forwards of all Time

.He was named Ajax "Player of the Year" in 2006 and also was announced as the Dutch Football Talent of the Year. Till now, he has won one Eredivisie and three KNVB Cup titles with Ajax.

Huntelaar has played with other teams as well. He has spells with clubs including

PSV

, De Graafschap, AGOVV Apeldoorn, Heerenveen,

Real Madrid

, and Milan.It's worth mentioning that he has had two stints in Ajax. One from 2006 till 2009 and one from 2017 till now. With his 105 goals in the first stint and 48 goals in his second stint, he is the second individual in the Best Ajax forwards of all Time.Speaking of being amongst the top scorers, Huntelaar is also Schalke's second-highest goalscorer ever with 126 goals. In total, he has netted 360 times in 651 matches he played in his all-time career.

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As a prolific striker, he has been described to have a "brilliant first touch" and, his playing style has often compared to players like Van Basten.So far in the new season of Eredivisie, he has seven games and scored two goals.

Luis Suarez

Next on our list of Best Ajax forwards of all Time is Luis Suarez.Everybody knows who he is! This Uruguayan footballer is among the best players of his generation, he won several league titles with his clubs, and last but not least, he is one of the

Best Ajax forwards ever

.Nicknamed 'The Gunman,' he is good at both scoring and creating chances. He is also has been praised for his technical ability especially, nutmegging his opponents.

Suarez has played in four different leagues and was announced as the leading top scorer of the season in almost all of them. He has received an Eredivisie Golden Boot, a Premier League Golden Boot, the Pichichi Trophy, and two European Golden Shoes.The Uruguayan striker played for The Lancers from  2007 till 2011 after he left Groningen with 29 appearances. During his spell, he won One Eredivisie and KNVB Cup titles.

Generally, he has scored 423 goals in 655 matches he played in his career. In his Ajax stint, he netted 111 times and speaking of goal-scoring, Suarez is the leading top scorer in his national team as well.After four seasons with The Sons of the Gods, he left the team and joined Liverpool on a £22.8 million transfer fee.

Dennis Bergkamp

Dennis Bergkamp is the only Dutchman ever to be inducted into the FIFA Hall of Fame. He has generally been considered as one of the greatest of his generation and for sure this phenomenal footballer is among Best Ajax forwards of all Time.

He spent most of his professional career with

Arsenal.

He played there for 11 years and was originally a midfielder, then he moved to the main striker and then to the second striker. He won three Premier Leagues and FA Cups with them. But before that, he was a part of his hometown club Ajax for seven seasons. It's worth mentioning that he also had a two-year spell in Inter Milan before he joined The Gunners.

Wildly known as the "non-flying Dutchman" due to his fear of flying, His skills were interesting to watch and he was very influential in the world of football as well. His versatility was high because he was schooled in Total Football which was brought up by that time's head coach, Johan Cruyff. Besides this, Bergkamp was creative, and intelligent, talented and with 118 goals Within 237 appearances with the Sons of the Gods, we can state one place among the

All-time Best Ajax strikers

deservedly belongs to this footballer. It's worth mentioning that he won one Eredivisie and two KNVB Cups with Ajax.

Marco van Basten

The 1992 FIFA World Player of the Year Marco van Basten is considered as one of the greats in world football, he won three Ballon d'Ors two of which was consecutive in 1988, 1989.His height, strength, powerful volleys, headers so many other things made him one of the bests, and generally, a legendary player.

He only played for two clubs; Ajax and

A.C.Milan

and, although he played more seasons in A.C Milan and became a legend there, we can't deny that he was also an amazing player in Ajax.He scored 152 goals in his 133 match appearances with Sons of the Gods, claiming the a place among the Best Ajax strikers ever. Van Basten actually became the Eredivisie's top scorer for four consecutive seasons and won the European Golden Boot in the 1988–89 season.

But let's go back a little. Born on 31 October 1964 in Utrecht, Netherlands, he began playing for a local team, EDO, when he was 6 years old. Then he spent nine years at UVV Utrecht and a year at Elinkwijk.Eventually, he joined The Lancers as a 16-year-old in 1981. Two seasons later, he became a part of the first team and established himself as the club's main attacker.During his spell, he helped The Sons of the Gods to win three Eredivisie and KNVB Cups and achieved one UEFA Cup Winners Cup. Unfortunately, he was forced to retire at the age of 28 due to injuries.

John Cruyff

With 163 goals, the first individual in the list of the Best Ajax forwards of all Time is the Dutch former footballer and manager, Hendrik Johannes Cruijff. He is a three-time Ballon d'Or winner, was voted European Player of the Century in an election held by and is regarded as one of the best footballers in history.

His philosophy in playing and managing influence many generations and several teams have used his methods. Cruyff became synonymous with the playing style of "Total Football," a system that players had to understand the whole geometry of the whole pitch and have the ability to play anywhere.

Born on 25 April 1947, he joined the Ajax youth team when he was 15. His first-team debut for Ajax came on 15 November 1964 in an Eredivisie match against GVAV, where he scored the only goal for Ajax. He went on to play 8 more years in his first stint with the Sons of the Gods, winning eight Eredivisie titles, three European Cups, and more.

He then left Ajax and joined Barcelona for a world-record transfer fee, went to the USA for a few seasons, went again to

Laliga

and joined

Levante

, and returned to Ajax in 1981. His 3-year second stint was not as legendary as his first and things went bad between Ajax and Cruyff when Ajax refused to offer Cruyff a new contract and he joined the clubs' rivals

Feyenoord

and retired there.Nevertheless, 163 out of his 204 all-time career goals were scored in Ajax and he became the top individual among the Best strikers in Ajax history.He passed away on 24 March 2016 and in 2017, the Amsterdam Arena was renamed to Johan Cruyff Arena.

So these were

Best Ajax forwards of all Time

. Hope you liked it.

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