Clarence Seedorf is the Dutch international midfielder who currently plays in the Italian Serie A for AC Milan. He is primarily known as being an attacking midfielder, although this version is often changed due to his versatility. He currently holds the record for having won the Champions League with three different clubs – AC Milan, Real Madrid, and Ajax. Despite being 35 years old, Clarence Seedorf still continues to represent AC Milan at the highest level. After the famous Dutch team of the 1970s, Clarence Seedorf is regarded to be the start of a new generation of Dutch footballers.
He began his career with the famous Ajax youth academy, which has produced plenty of great footballers over the years. He began his career in the 1992 season with Ajax by making his debut against Groningen when he was only 16 years old. He spent three years with Ajax, during which people started noticing the undoubted talent that he possessed. He was linked with major clubs across Europe, but it was a low-key move to Sampdoria that kicked off things.
He spent only one year with Sampdoria before moving to Real Madrid in the 1996 season. It was with Real Madrid that Clarence Seedorf made a name for himself by becoming one of the key members of the squad. He virtually played every match for Real Madrid and helped them win the la Liga title amongst many others. After spending three years with Real Madrid, Inter Milan came calling in the summer of 1999. Real Madrid agreed to sell the Dutch international for a fee of around €23 million.
Once again, he was ever present in the Inter Milan side, although this stage of his career was not as productive as it once used to be. After spending three more years with Inter Milan, he moved to archrivals AC Milan in the 2002 season. Once again, Clarence Seedorf became the mainstay of a big club in Europe. He helped AC Milan win the Champions League on two occasions – 2003 and 2007.
Clarence Seedorf has won some of the greatest prizes that are on offer in the world football. They include the likes of the two Eredivisie titles, one la Liga title, four Champions League titles – one with Ajax, one with Real Madrid, and two with AC Milan, two Serie A titles, one FIFA Club World Cup and one Intercontinental Cup.
He has also won many individual accolades like being awarded the Dutch Talent of the Year title in 1993 and 1994. He has also been quoted in the FIFA 100 list. He was included in the UEFA Team of the Year on two occasions – 2002 and 2007.
Clarence Seedorf has had remarkable success on the international front too. He made his debut for the Dutch national team in 1994 before retiring in 2008 after having made 87 appearances. He has played in four major international competitions – the last of them being the Euro 2004. He has scored 11 goals in the 87 matches.