Frenkie de Jong
May 12, 1997 (26)
Frenkie de Jong is a Dutch professional footballer who has become a standout name for both AFC Ajax and FC Barcelona, known for his technical prowess and game intelligence in the midfield. Since the initiation of his career, de Jong has been a force to be reckoned with, rising through the ranks at Willem II before earning his move to Ajax, where he became an integral part of the squad. His performances at Ajax eventually led him to a high-profile transfer to FC Barcelona, where he has continued to establish himself as a midfield maestro.
De Jong’s most memorable moments are numerous, but one that stands out is his performance for Ajax in the 2018-2019 UEFA Champions League campaign. During that run, he played a crucial role in knocking out giants like Real Madrid and Juventus. His technical skills were on full display as he danced past opponents, and his vision allowed him to distribute game-changing passes. Similarly, his time at Barcelona has been characterized by consistent performances, maintaining a high level of influence in shaping the team’s style of play.
Collaboration is a big part of de Jong’s playstyle; he is known for his synergy with various players on the pitch. At Ajax, he established rapport with Matthijs de Ligt, Hakim Ziyech, and Dusan Tadic, Virgil van Dijk, among others, contributing to the team’s cohesive unit. At Barcelona, he has formed on-field partnerships with Lionel Messi, before the Argentine’s exit, as well as Sergio Busquets, Pedri, and Jordi Alba. His ability to adapt and collaborate well with other players—such as Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembélé, and Sergiño Dest—has been vital in his performances for the Catalonian club.
De Jong’s contributions on the pitch have not gone unnoticed. At Ajax, he won the Eredivisie title for the 2018-2019 season and was named Eredivisie Player of the Season the same year. His quality performances have also earned him the UEFA Midfielder of the Season award in 2019. Furthermore, his inclusion in various Team of the Year rosters stands testament to his skill level and influence in football.