Age 21. DOB: 12 August 1999.
Groups: Netherlands & Juventus
Matthijs de Ligt looks like he’s been round for a really very long time however continues to be solely 21 years previous.
As a 17-year-old, de Ligt captained Ajax to the 2017 Europa League Ultimate, dropping 2-0 to Manchester United in Stockholm.
Two years later, he led them to the Champions League semis, scoring a towering header in a well-known 2-1 victory at Allianz Stadium.
That summer time, he turned the fourth-most costly defender of all time, making the transfer to Juventus who he’d clearly impressed over these two quarter-final legs.
Since, he’s received each home trophy on provide in Italy, lifting the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana this season.
Often alongside one of many nice veterans, Giorgio Chiellini or Leonardo Bonucci, de Ligt made 36 appearances this season and is established as Juve’s finest defender.
He helped the Netherlands attain the inaugural UEFA Nations League Ultimate in 2019, scoring the equaliser within the semi in opposition to England in Guimarães, earlier than they had been overwhelmed by Portugal.
At the moment de Ligt and Virgil van Dijk was, arguably, the very best centre-back partnership in worldwide soccer.
The latter will miss Euro 2020 that means de Ligt would be the senior man on the again alongside, in all probability, Stefan de Vrij.
Will he shine at Holland’s first main event for seven years?