Ruud Gullit and Frank Rijkaard are undoubtedly two of the finest footballers the Netherlands has ever produced. Their shared story is one of football’s greatest.
The tale of the two men’s interconnected lives begins before they were even born. Their fathers, George Gullit and Herman Rijkaard were both talented strikers playing their trade in Surinaame with George representing Transvaal and Herman S.V. Robinhood. Both sides played in the top division of Suriname and will have faced off often.
Like many young men in the former Dutch colony located in South America, their heads were turned by the promise of better work opportunities across the Atlantic, choosing, like many, to settle in the bustling Dutch capital of Amsterdam.