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Ronald de Boer

Ronaldus de Boer
The Netherlands

AFC Ajax (1987-91)
FC Twente (1991-93)
AFC Ajax (1993-98)
FC Barcelona (1998-2000)
Rangers FC (2000-04)
Al-Rayyan SC (2004-05)
Al-Shamal SC (2005-08

The Netherlands (1993-2003) – 67 caps / 13 goals

UEFA Champions League: winner 1995, runner-up 1996
UEFA Super Cup: winner 1995
European/South American Cup: winner 1995
Dutch League: 1990, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998
Spanish League: 1999
Scottish League: 2003
Dutch Cup: 1998
Scottish Cup: 2002, 2003
Scottish League Cup: 2002, 2003


One of arguably the most famous and successful football twins to have played the game, he made his name alongside brother Frank at AFC Ajax, making his senior debut first, in November 1987, but having to leave for a successful 18-month spell at FC Twente before re-establishing himself in Amsterdam.

Originally a right-sided midfielder, he developed as a central striker before reverting to a deeper attacking role. Groomed in the AFC Ajax ’Total Football’ tradition, he starred in the club’s 1995 UEFA Champions League triumph – and their runners-up placing the following season. He was voted Dutch footballer of the year in 1994 and 1996. Captured his fifth Eredivisie title and his first domestic cup in 1997/98 before leaving, in tandem with Frank, to join FC Barcelona midway through the following season. His brother proved a more successful purchase for the Catalan giants, remaining until 2003 while Ronald left after 18 months to join Rangers FC, where he swelled a large Dutch clan under manager Dick Advocaat and went on to win five domestic honours in four years.

First capped by the Netherlands in March 1993 – two and a half years after his twin’s Oranje debut – he appeared for his country in the next four major tournaments, the first at the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the USA, the last on home soil at UEFA EURO 2000. He won his 67th and last cap in 2003, finishing with 13 international goals.

Concluded his playing career in Qatar, hanging up his boots in 2008 and later working in broadcasting as a TV pundit as well as coaching back at AFC Ajax.