There is only one word to describe the Dutch players in football, and that word describes them more than any other footballing country on the planet.
That word is technique.
Cruyff was known globally as "The total footballer", and also as "The flying Dutchman". It's only "The non-flying Dutchman" that could be ahead of him on this list.
Maradona and Messi are easily the greatest dribblers in history, and Cristiano Ronaldo is probably the greatest overall player football has ever seen. Johan Cruyff was referred to as "The total footballer", but "The Dutch master" is easily the most technically gifted player football ever seen.
This list wasn't based on personal awards (Bergkamp never won the player of the year), and it was never based on trophies (he has never won the Champions League either). Instead this list was based on who was the greatest Dutchman in the Dutchmen's biggest strength, and that strength is technique.
Do yourself a favor, go to youtube.com and type "Dennis Bergkamp - The Magic Moment", you'll understand what technique is all about.
The world has seen many footballers, many great legends throughout history, but none of them has ever looked at football the way Bergkamp did.
British author Simon Kuper once wrote in the Financial Times;
"One night last year some legends of Dutch football gathered for dinner in an Amsterdam house. Around midnight conversation turned to an old question: who was the best Dutch footballer ever? Dutchmen have been voted European Footballer of The Year seven times, more than any other nationality except Germans. Yet Jan Mulder, a great centre-forward turned writer, chose a player who had never even threatened to win the award nor, at the time, a Champions League: 'Bergkamp. He had the finest technique', said Mulder. Guus Hiddink , the great Dutch manager, nodded, and so the matter was settled."
What defined Bergkamp from all the others was quite simple.
Any footballer, or any human being for the matter, they always take it one step at a time, you dribble through the first, then if the second shows up you dribble through him too.
But Bergkamp was nothing like that, he always went by the golden rule.
Always account for variable change.
His goal for Ajax against Feynoord for example, he received the ball, and did not take a second touch, he made the first touch perfect, and then fooled the goalkeeper to leave the goal empty, and without even looking, he chipped the ball because he knew that there would naturally be a defender running to cover the empty goal.
The end result was one of the most magnificent goals in footballing history, and he didn't even look at the goal to know that there would be a defender, he just accounted for variable change, which was what defined him from all the other footballers to ever play the game.
He always planned things ahead, never needed to take a look, and not leaving things to instincts.
In a country that gave birth to the likes of van Basten, Gullit and Cruyff, it is Dennis Bergkamp who was the most gifted of all, and is quite truly, the greatest Dutchman football has ever seen.