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.
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.
De Ligt made his debut for the Dutch national team on 25 March 2017.
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
- Winner of the Best player of ABN AMRO Future Cup 2015,
- Included in the IFFHS Men’s World Team 2019,
- Winner of the Best player of Copa Amsterdam 2015,
- Included in the FIFA FIFPro World11 2019,
- Winner of the Ajax Talent of the Future (Sjaak Swart Award) 2016,
- Included in the Kopa Trophy 2019,
- Winner of the Ajax Talent of the Year (Marco van Basten Award) 2018,
- Included in the UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season 2016–17
- Winner of the Dutch Football Talent of the Year: 2017–18,
- Included in the UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season 2018–19,
- Winner of the Dutch Footballer of the Year 2018–19,
- Included in the Eredivisie Team of the Year: 2017–18, 2018–19,
- Winner of the Golden Boy 2018,
- Included in the UEFA Team of the Year 2019.