RUUD GULLIT has revealed that we have all been saying his name wrong for decades – and it has completely blown the minds of footy fans across the globe.
The now 61-year-old burst on to the scene in the 1980s playing for the likes of FC Haarlem, Feyenoord and PSV.
That resulted in a big-money move to Italian giants AC Milan, where he went on to cement his status as one of the finest players on the planet.
Gullit, who was named in Fifa’s top 125 greatest living footballers in 2004, became a household name as he captained Holland to Euro glory in 1988.
After winning the European Cup twice with Milan, Gullit then ventured to Sampdoria before becoming one of the first high-profile foreign names to head to the Premier League in 1995.
But after just one season as a player at Chelsea, he became the club’s manager and was soon making history again.
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He became the first foreign manager to lift the FA Cup in 1997 and he would later manage Newcastle in the English top-flight.
Gullit has also managed Feyenoord and LA Galaxy and despite losing his iconic dreadlocks, he still remains one of the most recognisable footy icons in the world.
However, it has now emerged that the way we have all said his name – Hoo-Lit – has been completely wrong.
The revelation came thanks to a video clip shared by the “Team Gullit” social media account, the Fifa 23 world champions.
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The ex-Newcastle manager starred in the clip that showed his Fifa card score of 90.
Gullit said: “You really think that I wasn't part of the Gullit gang anymore?”
Then, as he shook his head, he said: “I don’t think so.”
However, viewers were more interested in how he pronounced his own name… and minds were blown.
“Wait,” responded one fan to the clip before adding: “His name is pronounced ‘Goo-Lit’. My whole life has been a lie…”
“This whole time we've all been saying his name wrong lol,” said another.
A fellow fan wrote: “Wait… it’s pronounced Goo-lit.”
Another said that the icon had “forgot how to pronounce his name”.
While a fellow footy fan asked: “Have I really been pronouncing Gullit wrong all this time?”
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