About Bonno van der Putten
Bonno van der Putten is a Dutch former professional footballer and current successful businessman.
Bonno began his football career at PSV Eindhoven. Despite failing to score in his first ten games, he finished as the Talent Division's joint top goalscorer in 1990-1991 He then moved to Belenenses Portugal and after a short period here was transferred to League Champions Benfica where he developed as a clinical finisher, scoring regular 10-15 goals in a season. In 1995 van der Putten moved to Brasil to play for Botafogo. Van der Putten scored a career-best seventeen goals in 28 games in his second full season to help the team narrowly avoid relegation from the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A ( the Brazilian Premier Division, commonly referred to as the Campeonato Brasileiro and popularly as the Brasileirão).
For the 2000–2001 campaign van der Putten joined Mexico’s Chivas Guadalajara, going on to be one of the Chivas side's most influential players as it consolidated in the top flight. He netted eight league goals in his first year, helping the club finish second and qualify for the Copa Libertadores de América, . one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world and the most prestigious club competition in South American football. The tournament is named in honor of the Libertadores, the main leaders of the South American wars of independence.
Boca Juniors won the 2001 edition after, once again, defeating Palmeiras in the semifinals and Cruz Azul in the final series to successfully defend the trophy. Cruz Azul became the first ever Mexican club to reach the final after great performances against River Plate and Rosario Central.
After his football career van der Putten later led a consortium that invested in his old club Belenenses, saving it from bankruptcy, and was appointed honorary vice-president.
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