WHEN THE BLACK TULIP MOVED TO ITALY
On This Day In 1987, 24-year-old Dutch midfielder Ruud Gullit joined AC Milan from PSV Eindhoven for a then world record transfer fee of 18 million pounds. Among his teammates at that club were compatriots Marco van Basten and Frank Rijkaard, along with Paolo Maldini and Franco Baresi. Altogether, they formed a formidable team and became a force to reckon with in European football. In his first season with Milan, the deadlocked Dutchman won the 1987 Ballon d’Or also finishing as runners-up the following year. Despite language barrier issues which was a problem to him in his first season, Gullit went on to make 171 appearances(125 in the league), scoring 56 goals(38 in the league). He also won nine trophies during his time with I Rossoneri.