Today we will talk about Maxim Gullit, the 17-year old son of Ruud Gullit and great nephew of Johan Cruyff who made his debut earlier in the week.
The Netherlands has always been a factory for talented football players and produced some of the greatest-ever generations in the game. They have reached three Wolrd Cup finals, but unfortunately never won the competition so far.
They’ve won the UEFA Euro tough, back in 1988. The captain and leader of that famous generation was the 26-year old attacking midfielder Ruud Gullit who scored the opener in the final against the Soviet Union.
Ruud played for the likes of PSV, AC Milan and Chelsea, won two European Cups with the Rossoneri and was awarded the Ballon d’Or in 1987. And while he spent most of his career sticking the ball in the back of the net, his 17-year-old son has chosen a path to keep those balls out.
Aged 17, Maxim Gullit, Ruud Gullit's son and Johan Cruyff's grand-nephew has made professional debut.
No pressure, kid! 👀🤣https://t.co/VLCAkeBi7O
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Maxim Gullit is a talented central defender, who is a product of the AZ Alkmaar youth academy. The teenager has impressed for the U-19 side during the 2018-19 season and earned his first taste of professional football on Monday.
He came off the bench in the 71st minute in Jong AZ Alkmaar’s 0-0 draw against champions Twente in the Netherlands’ second tier. The youngster definitely did well, as he helped his team to keep a clean sheet against the best side in Eerste Divisie.
But, Maxim Gullit’s footballing roots do not end there. His mother is Estelle Cruyff, the nephew of three-time Ballon d’Or winner Johan Cruyff. Johan is an absolute legend of Ajax and Barcelona and is considered to be one of the greatest players in the history of the beautiful game.
And if you are Ruud Gullit’s son and the great-nephew of Johan Cruyff, it just means you have football running through your veins. Maxim Gullit is only 17-years old and has a long way to go in football, but we can be sure of one thing at the moments – he’s got talent and royal football blood that could take him to the very top of the game.
The youngster, however, knows football is not about talent only and is ready to work hard and prove himself on the big stage in the future.
“The debut is a very special moment,” he said via Marca. “It doesn’t bother me being the ‘son of somebody’. I’m Maxim Gullit and I’m going to work hard to keep moving forward.”
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His proud father Ruud has used social media to express his happiness about Maxim’s debut.
“40 years (!) after making my first minutes for Haarlem my son Maxim is following in my footsteps,” Ruud wrote on a post on Instagram.
“I can’t tell you how special this feels and how proud I am. And also that I was a lot more nervous this afternoon! An Easter I will never forget.”