Marco van Basten back in the Ajax strip

And there he was. Fifteen years after leaving the club as a player, Marco van Basten was back with Ajax on youth complex De Toekomst, dressed in the Ajax strip.

Marco van Basten made his debut for Ajax 1 on April 3 1982. After halftime he replaced none other than Johan Cruijff and scored immediately. That, the striker would repeat 127 times for Ajax in the Dutch league.

In 1987 he wore the Ajax strip for the last time. He had won three Dutch championships in Amsterdam, had won the cup three times and took the European cup winners’ Cup in his final season with Ajax. With his next club, Italian side AC Milan, he also won three national titles, together with two European Cups.

On May 26 1993 Marco van Basten played his final match, the European Cup final against Olympique Marseille. Two years later, forced by many operations to his ankle, he finally retired and turned his back on football for a long time.

Until last year, when he announced that he was considering a return to football. He showed he was serious about that last Tuesday. The great Marco van Basten, who is on a training course to become a professional football coach, reported to Danny Blind for his first training with the Ajax juniors as part of his internship .

He hardly needed introduction. But still he was introduced to all the juniors. Danny Blind noticed that his players - much like himself - enjoyed the fact that Van Basten attended their training. ,,But they didn’t train harder or were more motivated’’, Danny Blind said. ,,Thankfully, or I would be doing something wrong’’, said the coach.

Van Basten has no fixed dates. He attends training whenever it is convenient. This way he can get a taste of what it is like to train a