Henk Groot dead at 84: Ajax legend and 'one of best scorers in their history' passes away as club pay tribute

HENK GROOT has died aged 84, Ajax have confirmed.

The former forward represented the Amsterdam club with distinction over two spells during the 1950s and 60s.


He was also a regular upfront for the Dutch national team, winning 39 caps between 1960 and 1969.

Upon learning of Groot's passing, Ajax wrote: "We are saddened by the passing of our former player Henk Groot at the age of 84.

"He played 305 games for Ajax and scored 207 goals.

"Our thoughts are with his friends and family."

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Groot began his career with Ajax in 1959, debuting in August of that year alongside older brother Cees.

He would go on to score a remarkable 38 goals in 33 appearances during his maiden campaign, picking up the Eredivisie's golden boot in the process.

Groot repeated the feat the following season, netting 41 goals in 32 games to scoop the prize again – a tally that no Ajax player has ever matched in a campaign since.

In 1963 he moved to Feyenoord, spending two years there before returning to Ajax, where he remained until a knee injury forced him to retire in 1969.

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In addition to individual accolades, Groot also picked up plenty of trophies.

He won four Eredivisie titles with Ajax, in addition to one at Feyenoord.

Groot also won three KNVB Cups across his spells with both clubs.

He remains sixth on the Eredivisie's all-time list of goalscorers with 196 in the competition.

During his time at Ajax he acted as a mentor for the likes of Johan Cruyff.

Following his retirement, he worked as a scout for the Amsterdam club.

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