Who Is Matthijs de Ligt: Biography, Personal Life, Family, GirlFriend and Football Career
Who is Matthijs de Ligt - Biography
Matthijs de Ligt (Dutch pronunciation: [mɑˈtɛis də ˈlɪxt]; born 12 August 1999) is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Serie A club Juventus and the Netherlands national team.
On 21 September 2016, De Ligt made his debut for Ajax's senior team in a cup game against Willem II. He scored from a corner after 25 minutes, making him the second-youngest goalscorer ever behind Clarence Seedorf.On 24 May, he became the youngest player ever (17 years and 285 days old) to play in a major European final when he started against Manchester United in the 2017 UEFA Europa League Final. On 17 December 2018, De Ligt won the Golden Boy award, becoming the first defender to win the award. The following season, he helped Ajax capture a domestic double and reach the semi-finals of the Champions League; his performances earned him a move to Serie A side Juventus, and saw him win the Kopa Trophy in 2019. He won the Serie A title during his first season with the Turin side.
In 2017, De Ligt made his debut for the Netherlands at the age of 17, making him the youngest player to start for the national team since 1931. He featured for the side at UEFA Euro 2020.
Matthijs De Ligt - Facts, Age, Info, Short Bio
- Full Name: Matthijs De Ligt
- Nickname: The Total Defender
- Date of Birth: 12 August 1999
- Age: 21 years
- Place of Birth: Leiderdorp, Netherlands
- Nationality: Dutch
- Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.89 m)
- Weight: 70 kg
- Father: Frank De Ligt
- Mother: Vivian De Ligt
- Siblings: Fleur and Wouter De Light (brothers)
- Marital Status: Single
- Girlfriend: Annekee Molenaar
- Occupation: Footballer
- Strong Foot: Right
- Playing Position: Center-back
- Current Club/Team: Juventus FC; Netherlands National Team
- Jersey/Kit Number: 4
- Zodiac Sign: Leo
Matthijs de Ligt: Childhood, Early Life, Parents and Siblings
This Dutch football star was born into a middle-class family on 12 August 1999 in Leiderdorp, Netherlands.
His father’s name is Frank de Ligt and his mother’s name is Vivian de Ligt. There is no information available about his father and mother’s professional information. De Ligt is the first son and the first child of his family.
He has two younger brothers Fleur de Ligt and Wouter de Ligt. In his childhood, he wanted to become a tennis player. However, he later changed his decision. This footballer started his youth career for Abcoude in 2005 when he was only six years old.
At age 5, young De Ligt never considered playing football but instead engaged in playing tennis and was, in fact, good at it. At age 9, he joined Ajax youth academy. Although, during his early days the coaches were somehow sceptical because of his lack of speed but gave a chance for him to develop and progress through the academy. With time, De Ligt was able to demonstrate his worth.
Matthijs De Ligt Girlfriend
Matthijs De Ligt has been in a relationship right before he became a football sensation with Annekee Molenaar, a stunning, attractive lady who plays hockey and is on the books of HC Athena in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Annick and Matthijs seem to have a smooth and love painted love life together.
|Matthijs De Ligt with his girlfriend Annekee Molenaar in 2019. (Photo credit: ForzaJuve2017 / Twitter|
On a much bigger platform, Matthijs De Ligt’s inamorata is as well into the celebrity publicities of acting since her advancement from a youth theatre institute in Amsterdam.
De Ligt engrosses himself in various leisure activities such as playing FIFA and watching Netflix.
Despite his mother effortlessly trying to get De Ligt to secure a driving license, the young star has constantly evaded getting his license, citing a tight schedule would prevent him from taking driving lessons.
Matthijs de Ligt: Career
|Photo: The Telegraph|
De Ligt played for Ajax between 2008 and 2019.
De Ligt joined the Ajax youth academy when he was 9 years old from his local club in Abcoude, just outside of Amsterdam. At first the coaches at the youth academy thought he was too slow and out of shape, but he was given a chance to develop in the academy and went on to prove his quality.
2016–17: Jong Ajax and development
He made his debut for Jong Ajax on 8 August 2016 in an Eerste Divisie game against FC Emmen, playing the full game. During the season, De Ligt played in 17 matches for Jong Ajax.
On 21 September, De Ligt made his debut for Ajax's senior team in a cup game against Willem II. He scored from a corner after 25 minutes, making him the second-youngest goalscorer ever behind Clarence Seedorf; Ajax won the game 5–0. On 24 October, Ajax announced through Twitter that De Ligt had been promoted to the senior squad.
De Ligt quickly established himself in the first team after being promoted and went on to play in 11 league matches and nine in the Europa League. On 24 May, he became the youngest player ever (17 years and 285 days old) to play in a major European final when he started against Manchester United in the 2017 UEFA Europa League Final.
2017–19: Breakthrough and captaincy
After the sale of Davinson Sánchez to Tottenham Hotspur in August 2017, De Ligt became a first team starter. He was named the youngest captain of Ajax in March 2018 after injury to club captain Joel Veltman.
De Ligt appeared in 37 matches in all competitions and scored three goals. He started in all of his 31 league matches and played 90 minutes in all but one of them (he was substituted in the 33rd minute against Vitesse Arnhem due to an injury). Due to De Ligt's performances for Ajax, he was linked with many of Europe's top clubs.
On 17 December 2018, De Ligt won the Golden Boy award, becoming the first defender to win the award. On 13 February 2019, De Ligt became the youngest ever captain in a Champions League knockout game at 19 years and 186 days old, in a game against Real Madrid. On 27 February 2019, he played his 100th official game for Ajax in a 0–3 Klassieker win against Feyenoord in the Dutch national cup, becoming the youngest Ajax player ever to reach this milestone.
On 16 April 2019, De Ligt scored the winning goal in the Champions League quarter-final against Juventus to send Ajax on to the semi-finals of the competition for the first time since the 1996–97 edition of the tournament. His goal also saw him become the youngest Dutch player to score in the knockout stages since Nordin Wooter in 1996 and the second-youngest ever defender to score after Joël Matip.
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De Ligt with Juventus blocking a shot against Lokomotiv Moscow during the 2019–20 season
On 18 July 2019, De Ligt signed for Serie A champions Juventus on a five-year contract for a fee of €75 million, to be paid in five annual installments, with additional costs of €10.5 million. He made his official debut for the club in a 4–3 home win over Napoli in Serie A on 31 August. On 3 November, he scored his first for the club in a 1–0 away win over cross-city rivals Torino in the Derby della Mole.
On 25 March 2017, De Ligt made his debut for the Dutch national team in a 2–0 away defeat to Bulgaria in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification match. National team coach, Danny Blind, called De Ligt up for the national team despite having only started two league games for Ajax. At the age of 17, he became the youngest player to start for the national team since 1931.
During the UEFA Nations League, De Ligt started and played 90 minutes in all four group matches against Germany and France as the Netherlands won the group and qualified for the inaugural Nations League Finals. In the semi-finals on 5 June, he scored a header against England as his team secured a spot in the final, where the Netherlands would be defeated 0–1 by Portugal.
Matthijs de Ligt Salary and Net Worth
|Salary||14 Million Euro|
|Net Worth||9 Million Euro|
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