From the publisher:
Shortlisted for International Autobiography of the Year in the Telegraph Sports Book Awards 2021
'This account is often poetic and sometimes haunting.' - FourFourTwo
Triple European Footballer of the Year. Once World Footballer of the Year. European Champion two UEFA Super Cups, European Champion with the Dutch National Team in 1988 and numerous national championships with both Ajax and AC Milan.
Marco van Basten is known as one of the greatest footballers of all time, but his personal life has always remained somewhat of a mystery, until now. Basta is the raw, honest, but above all gripping autobiography of Marco van Basten. It's the unfiltered story of his rise to fame, from being under the wing of Cruyff and experiencing life as an Ajax player to being propelled into the spotlight following Euros '88 - and scoring the greatest goal ever to win a major final - and playing for AC Milan at the peak of Italian football's popularity.
But despite countless successes, Marco van Basten experienced many low points, including losing a childhood friend, battling with pain after his numerous fluffed operations, and ultimately coming to terms with life after playing football. Basta is his story.
Marco van Basten is a legend of the game. In UEFA Euro 1988 he scored one of the greatest goals ever seen in winning Netherlands' only major title. At Club level he was at the vanguard of AC Milan's golden era, winning three Serie A titles and two European Cups. He won the Ballon D'Or three times and was named FIFA player of the year in 1992. This followed his Ajax career where he won three Eredivisie titles and the Cup Winners' Cup trophy. His career was curtailed by an injury in 1993 at the age of 28 and Sky Sports ranked him first in its list of great players who have had their career cut short.