Cassell has acquired Basta by former Netherlands striker and World Footballer of the Year Marco van Basten.
Trevor Davies, publishing director at Octopus, acquired world English language Rights from David Luxton of DLA. It will be published on 29th October 2020 as a £20 hardback.
Described as a "raw", "honest" and "gripping" autobiography, the book will chart his rise to fame, from experiencing life as an Ajax player to being propelled into the spotlight following Euro '88 and playing for AC Milan.
Davies said: "We’re truly excited to be publishing the autobiography of such a football legend. Marco was the greatest player of his generation and was at the vanguard of the most exciting team both internationally with the Netherlands, and domestically with Ajax and AC Milan. His story is gripping, gritty and surprising… a must-read for all serious football fans."
Van Basten said: "I feel this is the right moment to tell my story: a story I have never told before. I won’t spare anybody, not least myself. The time is ripe. I am looking forward to the publication of Basta in the United Kingdom!"