"I was born ready" - one of the self telling truths Clarence Seedorf is quoted to have said  regarding his impressive game and career.

Born April 1, 1976 - this Dutch football sensation was actually born in Suriname.  Clarence began his professional football career ready and breaking records when he debuted as a gifted right sided midfielder with Ajax Amsterdam as the youngest player ever - he was only 16.

Having emerged through the ranks of Ajax's fabled Youth Academy, Clarence played a starring role in the golden team that won the Eredivisie title in 1993 and 1995, and his contribution was acknowledged by his fellow professionals, who voted him Dutch talent
of the year in both 1993 and 1994.

In 1994/95 season, Clarence was a pivotal member of the Ajax team that won the Champions League; they defeated his current club AC Milan 1-0. The high standard of his performances throughout that season earned him a move to Serie A club Sampdoria in the summer of 1995.

In 1996, Clarence joined Spanish giants Real Madrid. During his first season at the Bernabeu he helped his new club regain the Primera Division title. The following season, he won his second Champions League's medal as Los Merengues ended a 32-year barren spell by defeating Juventus 1-0 in the final of Europe’s top club competition.

Among the many highlights of his career for Real Madrid was his infamous 45-yard strike in the clasico against the follow Spanish team, Atlético Madrid. It was precisely the sort of contribution that brought him to the attention of  Inter Milan.  Ahead of the 1999/2000 season, Clarence joined the Italian team.

After two seasons with Inter, in 2002, he made the switch to AC Milan. The following season he helped the Rossoneri to lift the Coppa Italia (the Italian Cup) for the first time in 26 years. But that was just the prelude to a far greater success.  A month later, he took his personal haul of Champions League titles to three, helping AC Milan prevail in an all-Italian final against Juventus. In doing so, he became the only player in the history of the competition to win it with three different clubs.

In the 2003/04 campaign, Clarence played an instrumental role once more as AC Milan followed up their European success by storming to the Serie A title. It was the fourth domestic league triumph of the Dutchman’s career, following two Eredivisie titles with Ajax and one La Liga success at Real Madrid.

In July 2006, Clarence traded in his Number 20 shirt at AC Milan for the coveted Number 10 shirt.

2007 was another year of triumph for Clarence and once again he helped bring AC Milan to Champions League glory, this time with a 2-1 victory over Liverpool in Athens. That victory took his collection of winner’s medals to four...that's four Champions Cups with three different teams.  This record remains untouched.

In 2004, at the age of 28, Clarence achieved a significant personal landmark with the Dutch national team when he earned his 73rd cap, equalling the total number won by his childhood idol, Frank Rijkaard. In 2007 he played a crucial part in Holland’s qualification campaign for Euro2008. By 2008, his cap tally had risen to 87.

To date, in addition to his four Champions League winner’s medals, Clarence’s ever expanding trophy haul includes two FIFA Club World Cup triumphs, one UEFA Super Cup, four domestic league titles, two domestic cups, three domestic super cups… In short, no Dutch player in history has won more silverware.

At the 10th annual UEFA Club Football Awards in 2007, Clarence was recognized as Europe’s Best Midfielder. The same year, he was awarded the Torretta award for Best European athlete.

It is a mark of Clarence’s standing within the international game that, in 2004, football legend Pelé included him as one of the 125 best living footballers in the world, in a list commissioned by FIFA.

Clarence Seedorf overtook Frank de Boer as the Dutch footballer with the most European club matches under his belt, reaching 130 on Feb 20, 2008 with AC Milan's match against London's Arsenal,.

Off the field, Clarence's humanitarian efforts are as impressive.  He founded Champions For Children Foundation, in 2005, which is a non –profit organization. Champions for Children’s goal is to enhance the lives of children through sport.  Seedorf is also one of five  Nelson Mandela Legacy Champions in recognition of his philanthropic efforts and mission. Diversifying his knowledge and skill in sport, Seedorf is owner of On International, a sport management firm, also located in Milan and Milanese hot spot, restaurant Fingers. A father of four, Seedorf and his family have been residents of Italy for the  past ten years.