Ronald De Boer had a great deal of success over the course of his career at Ajax and will look to capture more success as he takes part in the ICONS of Football 2017 golf-style tournament.
Though the Dutchman ended up leaving Ajax relatively early in his career – along with his equally-talented brother, Frank – he will still be remembered as one in a long line of great players to sport the club’s jersey.
The older of the De Boer twins had an illustrious run throughout the 1990’s with Ajax that saw the club win a Champions League Title. The midfielder was also a member of five of Ajax’s 33 Eredivisie title-winning squads and also a two time winner of the Dutch Super Cup.
De Boer was also a part of the last Ajax club to win an International cup and won three International Cups while with the club. Additionally, he was a member of the 1995 Intercontinental Cup-winning side. Both the De Boers scored their penalty kicks to help edge out Grêmio 4-3 in penalties.
He also won the UEFA Champions League title and UEFA Super Cup in 1995 that proved to be De Boer’s most successful year in terms of silverware. Over his time with Ajax, De Boer was twice named the Dutch Footballer of the Year. After leaving Ajax, he spent the next two seasons at Barcelona.
Whilst Ronald was with Ajax he had quite the successful international career appearing 67 times and netting 13 goals for the Netherland national team. Over his time on the national stage De Boer played in the 1994 and 1998 World Cups scoring two goals in six matches.
It was on this day exactly 17 years ago that De Boer got his first goal for Barcelona. The goal would be a souvenir piece as it was the only one he scored for Barcelona in 33 matches in La Liga appearances. De Boer decided to join Rangers after his brief stint at Camp Nou and was able to have a renaissance. In his third season with Rangers, the Dutchman netted 20 goals on the way to the Glasgow side winning the domestic ‘Treble’ of League Championship, Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup. De Boer’s 20 goal season was the most he had in one season in his entire career.
Ronald De Boer finished his career in the Qatar Stars League with Al-Rayyan but was only able to play for one season before retiring due to a neck injury. The Dutch maestro will always be know as one of the best creative midfield players of his time and one half of the famous De Boer twins. He is remembered for very confident style of play and terrific vision that he used to set up many goal scoring opportunities for his teams.
Rest of the World Captain Darren Clarke is hoping that De Boer’s touch and vision on the football pitch will be able to transfer over to the golf course at The Belfry this Summer for the ICONS of Football 2017 tournament.