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The Dutch forward is critically acclaimed as one of the best technically gifted players ever. In fact, he was a part of the Fantasy Dutch XI of all time, occupying his favorite Second Striker role behind Marco Van Basten.
He was an adept second striker who used his vision and passing ability to create chances for his more- forward striking partner. He led Arsenal to three Premier Leagues, four FA Cups and three Community Shields.
"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."- Simon Kuper, The Financial Times