THE JOURNEY OF MATTHIJS DE LIGT

Matthijs De Ligt is an international footballer who plays for the Netherlands National Team and Juventus. De Ligt is the second-youngest goalscorer ever behind Clarence Seedorf when he scored for Ajax in his debut game against Willem II on 21 September 2016. Matthijs became the youngest player ever to play in a major European final when he played against Manchester United in the 2017 UEFA Europa League Final. De Ligt won the Golden Boy award on 17 December 2018, becoming the first defender to win the award. De Ligt made his international debut for the Netherlands at the age of 17, making him the youngest player to start for the national team since 1931.

EARLY LIFE

Matthijs was born on 12th August 1999 in Leiderdrop, a town in Western Netherlands. De Ligt joined the Ajax youth academy when he was just 9 years old, from his local club in Abcoude.

Career

International

De Ligt made his debut for the Dutch national team on 25 March 2017.

CLUB

Matthijs made his debut for Jong Ajax on 8 August 2016 in an Eerste Divisie. De Ligt made his debut for the senior team in a cup game on 21 September 2016. De Ligt was named the youngest captain of Ajax after injury to club captain. In March 2018, De Ligt became the youngest ever captain in a Champions League knockout game at 19 years and 186 days old, on 13 February 2019. De Ligt played his 100th official game for Ajax on 27 February 2019, becoming the youngest Ajax player ever to reach this milestone. Matthijs De Ligt signed for Serie A champions Juventus on 18 July 2019. De Ligt made his official debut for the club on 31 August 2019.

MATTHIJS DE LIGT | Achievements

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