The Untold Story Of Matthijs de Ligt

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Matthijs de Ligt

This article will tell you about the career highlights of Bayern Munich’s defender Matthijs de Ligt

Matthijs de Ligt is a Dutch professional football player who plays as a center-back. He was born on August 12, 1999, in Leiderdorp, Netherlands. He began his football career at a very young age and showed great potential from the start.

De Ligt started his youth career at Ajax Amsterdam’s academy, where he quickly made a name for himself. He progressed through the ranks and was eventually promoted to the first team at the age of 17. He made his debut in a 3-1 win over Willem II on September 21, 2016.

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Career Overview

In his first season, he became a regular starter and helped Ajax to reach the Europa League final, where they lost to Manchester United.

He also helped Ajax to win the Eredivisie title that season. De Ligt’s performances for Ajax earned him many accolades, including the Dutch Football Talent of the Year award.

Rise To Fame

In the following season, he became the captain of the Ajax team at the age of just 18. He continued to impress and helped Ajax reach the Champions League semifinals, where they were knocked out by Tottenham Hotspur in a dramatic game.

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De Ligt scored the winning goal in the quarterfinals against Juventus, which made him the youngest-ever captain to lead a team in the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Career At Juventus

After a fantastic season with Ajax, many of Europe’s top clubs were interested in signing him, including Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, and Manchester United.

However, in July 2019, De Ligt signed for Juventus for a transfer fee of €75 million, making him the most expensive defender in Italian football history.

Matthijs de Ligt
Matthijs de Ligt

De Ligt made his debut for Juventus in August 2019 and quickly established himself as a key player in the team. He played a vital role in helping Juventus to win their ninth consecutive Serie A title in the 2019-20 season. However, he struggled with injuries in the early part of the 2020-21 season and was out of action for several weeks.

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De Ligt’s impressive performances for Juventus have earned him many accolades, including the Serie A Defender of the Year award in the 2020-21 season. He has also been named in the UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season twice.

International Career

Despite his injury troubles, De Ligt continued to impress when he was on the field, and his performances earned him a call-up to the Netherlands national team. He made his debut in March 2017, and since then, he has become a regular starter for the national team.

Further Success

After his stint at Juventus, De Ligt was signed by Bayern Munich for a huge fee of €80million, making him the third most valuable defender in football history.

In conclusion, Matthijs de Ligt is one of the most promising young defenders in world football. He has already achieved a lot in his career at a young age, and it seems likely that he will continue to be a dominant force in football for years to come.

By Shyam
Shyam Sharma who joined SPORTS BIG NEWS in 2021. Focuses on soccer – chiefly the Premier League, LaLiga, UEFA Champions League, Liga MX and MLS. On occasion, also covers American sports, general news and entertainment. Fascinated by the language of sport – particularly the under-appreciated art of translating cliché-speak.