Sun. Apr 28th, 2019

Ruud Gullit's son and Johan Cruyff's great nephew Maxim makes AZ Alkmaar debut at 17

Maxim Gullit – son of Ruud and great nephew or Johan Cruyff – makes professional debut for AZ Alkmaar reserves aged 17 as Dutch legend reveals his nerves watching him

  • Ruud Gullit's 17-year-old son Maxim made his senior debut on Monday afternoon
  • The young defender came on at AZ Alkmaar reserves' game with FC Twente
  • He played the final 19 minutes of Monday's game to help side seal a 0-0 draw
  • Gullit Jnr is also the great nephew of Dutch footballing legend Johan Cruyff

The next generation of footballing stars are descending upon us with Ruud Gullit's son Maxim the latest to breakthrough and make his senior debut.

The Dutch legend spent most of his career sticking the ball in the back or just his 17-year-old son has chosen a path to keeping them out.

The talented defender is a product of AZ Alkmaar's youth academy and has impressed so much that he was handed his first taste of senior football on Monday.

Ruud Gullit's son Maxim made his senior debut for AZ Alkmaar reserves on Monday afternoon

The 17-year-old started on the bench but came on for 19 minutes against FC Twente

The 17-year-old started on the bench but came on for 19 minutes against FC Twente

MAXIM GULLIT FACTFILE

Age: 17

Position: Center back

Team: AZ Alkmaar

Made first senior appearance for AZ's reserve side on Monday. Normally plays for Under 19s.

(For this U19s this season)

Games: 21

Goals: 0

Assists: 1

Gullit Jnr, who normally plays for the Under 19s, came off the bench to feature in the final 19 minutes in Young AZ Alkmaar's clash with champions Twente in the Netherlands second tier.

He coped with the pressure of the situation well and managed to help his side record a clean sheet in a goalless stalemate.

Many have touted the young Dutch prodigy to reach the top in the future and Gullit may now be given further opportunities to kick on after making his debut for AZ's second team.

Not only does Gullit possess his father's footballing DNA, but he is also related to three-time Ballon d'Or winner Johan Cruyff.

The starlet's mother is Estelle Cruyff, the niece of the former Ajax and Barcelona star – Cruyff and Gullit's marriage ended in 2012.

Maxim's parents Ruud Gullit (L) and Estelle - Johan Cruyff's niece - pictured in 2012

Maxim's parents Ruud Gullit (L) and Estelle – Johan Cruyff's niece – pictured in 2012

Ex-Dutch icon Gullit is now a TV pundit after leaving assistant role with Holland last year

Ex-Dutch icon Gullit is now a TV pundit after leaving assistant role with Holland last year

And his mum could not hide her joy afterwards as she shared a clip on Twitter or Maxim entering the pitch captioned with: "Proud mom !!!"

Dad, who is now a TV pundit after a letter spell as Holland assistant manager last year, was equally as pleased, but admitted afterwards he was anxious watching his son play.

In a post on Instagram, Gullit wrote: '40 years (!) After making my first minutes for Haarlem my son Maxim is following in my footsteps.

'I can't tell you how special this feels and how proud I am. And also that I was a lot more nervous this afternoon! An Easter I will never forget. '

Gullit Jnr still has a lot to live up to with his father Ruud representing PSV, AC Milan and Chelsea as well as featuring 66 times for his country during an illustrious career.

Gullit senior pictured playing for AC Milan against Diego Maradona's Napoli in 1988

Gullit senior pictured playing for AC Milan against Diego Maradona's Napoli in 1988

Gullit Jnr's great uncle Johan Cruyff is widely considered to be the greatest Dutch player ever

Gullit Jnr's great uncle Johan Cruyff is widely considered to be the greatest Dutch player ever

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