Van Basten, Like The Wolf Of Wall Street

2021-02-26   |   by CusiGO

In 1999, Marco van Basten invested 20 million euros in a Dutch bank. In 2002, during the financial crisis, he was only 13 years old. He took the risk and something went wrong. In 2001, the Dutch tax authority also asked it to provide 32.8 million euros in the forthcoming liquidation. His family didn’t trust him. Van Basten tells about his economic problems in his autobiography fragile, my story, which, as he says, is worth the movie Wall Street wolf.

Marco van Basten (born in Utrecht in 1964) is one of the greatest players in the world. In the match between Ajax and Milan, he won the golden ball award three times (1988, 1989 and 1992), six leagues, two European cups, one recopa, two European Super Cups, two Intercontinental Cups and the European Cup with Holland. However, such a series of sports success did not get him out of the personal Abyss: in 2001, he was on the verge of economic collapse.

A life full of sports achievements has been distorted. The first was a sustained ankle injury that led to his early retirement, only 29 years old. Later, due to underinvestment, overconfidence and ignorance of financial problems, he considered looking for a job after retirement. He talked about it all in his biography.

“I think it’s a good time to tell stories. From my point of view. tell the truth. A story I never told. I can clarify a few things. I will not pity anyone. Especially myself. “It’s time,” the former Dutch footballer reflected on the first few pages of a book published by korna from the Roca Publishing Group (in Catalan, he was published with kultrum and univers’s book, titled basta).

In these 318 pages, van Basten looks back on his childhood, his “blind desire” to become the best player in the world; his relationship with fellow countryman and legend John Cruyff, who replaced him on the day Ajax made his debut; of course, his endless ankle injuries; and unexpected economic problems.

“Mr. van Basten is required to pay in full the current tax settlement of the Dutch tax authority by 31 December 2001: 32.8 million euros,” the tax authority said in the letter, which brought difficulties to former player olange. Van Basten later found out that these were all generated when he returned to the Netherlands from Monaco in 1998, which was a 100% fine plus interest.

“I don’t understand why,” he admitted. Van Basten relied on his lawyer rather than John Cruyff’s father-in-law, Coster, and a large tax consulting firm to avoid such problems, but nothing happened as he expected.

This letter coincides with the crisis at the beginning of this century, the twin towers bombing and its investment in banks. He first entered the euro 20000000, and at the end of 1999, “everything,” more than 20000000, is highlighted in the book. In September 2002, he found that he had only 13 million left. The rest doesn’t exist, the player explained. They suggested that he hold on and try to recover from the coup, but he chose to save his legacy and start over.

After a tough road and surrounded by newcomers, van Basten reached an agreement with the IRS in 2005. “Has anyone seen the wolf on Wall Street? Later I realized it was a bit like that movie, “admitted the author of the beautiful and famous volleyball goal, which won the European Cup in 1988 against the Soviet Union.