5 Great Clarence Seedorf Goals as Midfielder Retires to Take AC Milan Job

Mark Patterson@@MarkPattersonBRUK Staff WriterJanuary 14, 2014

5 Great Clarence Seedorf Goals as Midfielder Retires to Take AC Milan Job

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    Clarence Seedorf taking the reins at AC Milan as their head coach, as he confirmed today, is an exciting development for football fans.

    But it does have a downside as it heralds the end of his playing career.

    The Dutch 37-year-old has played all over Europe and even in Brazil with Botafogo. He's won the Champions League on four occasions and five league titles as well.

    He's also scored some cracking goals from midfield. Here we relive some of the best.

5. Backheel vs. Manchester United, 2010

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    In a losing cause against a Manchester United side who were one of Europe's finest at the time, Seedorf gave a reminder of his class with an outrageous backheel finish. 

    The tie at the San Siro finished 3-2 to United, however, with Milan being thumped 4-0 in the return tie.

4. Golazo vs. Gremio, 2013

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    Seedorf may be 37, but he clearly still had a bit left in the tank, judging by his goalscoring exploits for Botafogo Rio in Brazil.

    The Dutchman's devilish curled shot against Gremio came just six months ago to the day, and was really rather good.

3. Volley vs. Cruzeiro, 2012

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    And continuing the theme of superb goals at Botafogo, Seedorf volleyed home another in a brace against Cruzeiro back in 2012. 

    Seedorf's time in Brazil saw him score 16 goals in Serie A alone.

    Stat via Soccerway.

2. Free-Kick Masterclass vs. Juventus, 2011

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    Seedorf has played for a number of teams with excellent free-kick takers, so he hasn't always had to take the set pieces for his sides.

    When he did, however, as he did in the Trofeo Luigi Berlusconi match for AC Milan vs. Juventus in 2011, the results could be quite spectacular.

1. Long-Ranger vs. Atletico Madrid, 1997

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    When Clarence Seedorf was part of the dominant Real Madrid side of the late 1990s, he was not feted for his goalscoring.

    That said, this remains one of the more spectacular goals ever seen.

    Unleashed from 40 yards out, the ball swerved one way and the other to wrongfoot the goalkeeper.

    The shot oozed audacity, and is remembered fondly to this day.