Midfielder who became the first player in history to win the Champions League four times with three different clubs: Ajax, Real Madrid and AC Milan.
He began his soccer career in the Dutch settlement of Suriname and debuted professionally for Ajax in 1992.
He was a member of the Dutch national team from 1997 to 2012, helping the team reach the World Cup finals in 2010 where they were defeated by Spain.
He was born in Paramaribo, Suriname, in Northern South America.
A noted philanthropist, he was named the Nelson Mandela Foundation's Legacy Champion for helping promote civil rights in 2009 after a personal meeting with Mandela.