Thursday October 30 2014
Sacchi: 'Van Basten best of all time'

Grande Milan Coach Arrigo Sacchi insists Marco van Basten “remains the best striker of all time.”

The tactician spoke to Dutch portal Voetbal International and discussed the Swan of Utrecht on the eve of his 50th birthday.

“Marco van Basten remains for me the best striker of all time,” said Sacchi. “No other forward has worked as hard for the team as Marco did at Milan.

“I above all remember him for his elegance, his grace and his incredible quality. I remember well when he first arrived at Milan: he was very young with great talent.

“It was a big change for him and Ruud Gullit to come to Italy from Holland. Marco was very enthusiastic, but unfortunately played very little in the first season due to an ankle injury.

“In successive years he won the Ballon d’Or three times and I am still so proud of him for that. Van Basten had a big influence on my first Milan adventure thanks to his goals.

“I can sincerely say that the Milan at the end of the 1980s was one of the most remarkable teams in the history of football.

“The three Dutchmen were phenomenal and had such quality. Marco was also a real student of football and we often discussed issues together.”