Ruud Gullit, born as Ruud Dil, is a former Dutch international football player who used to feature prominently during the 1980s and 1990s. He was a versatile player who could play as a defender, midfielder and a striker and was named by Pele in March 2004 as one of the 125 greatest living footballers. He captained the Dutch national side to Euro ‘88 succes and was the European Footballer of the Year in 1987 and the World Soccer Player of the Year in 1987 and 1989.
Ruud Gullit commenced his professional club career at Dutch side HFC Haarlem in 1978 and scored 32 goals in 91 league matches. He made his debut for Haarlem when he was only 16 years of age and at the time was the youngest player in the history of the Eredivisie. In 1982 Gullit was signed by Dutch powerhouse Feyenoord for 300,000 pounds. He scored 31 goals in 85 league appearances for then and also playe alongside Dutch and world football legend Johan Cruijff. He was named the Dutch Footballer of the Year in his second season at Feyenoord.
In 1985 Ruud Gullit was signed by PSV Eindhoven for 400,000 pounds and he went onto score 46 goals in 68 league matches. He was named the Dutch Footballer of the Year in 1986 and establish himself as a world class footballer at PSV.
In 1987 Ruud Gullit was signed by Italian and European giants AC Milan for a then record fee of 6 million pounds. Gullit went onto achieve major honours at Milan. He won the Serie A with Milan in 1988,1992 and 1993 and the European Cup in 1989 and 1990.
Gullit was signed by Sampdoria in 1993 and led them to a third place finish in the Italian Serie A, besides winning the Italian Cup. Milan resigned him for a short time in 1994 but he returned to Sampdoria for the rest of the 1994-1995 season. In the summer of 1995 Ruud Gullit was signed by Chelsea on a free transfer. In 1998 he retired from football while at Chelsea.
Ruud Gullit made his international debut for the Netherlands in 1981 and went onto score 17 goals in 66 international matches for his nation. He played for his nation until 1994 and won the Euro ‘88 with his nation.
Ruud Gullit took to managing after retiring from his playing career. He was the player-manager of Chelsea between 1996 and 1998 and subsequently went onto manage Newcastle United, Feyenoord and Los Angeles Galaxy. He won the FA Cup in 1997 while acting as a player-manager at Chelsea.