Matthijs de Ligt Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts

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LB presents the Full Story of a Football Genius who is best known by the nickname The Total Defender“. Our Matthijs de Ligt Childhood Story plus Untold Biography Facts bring to you a full account of notable events from his childhood time to date. The analysis involves his early life, family background, life story before fame, rise to fame story, relationship and personal life.

Yes, everyone knows he is among the brightest defenders in the world. However, only a few consider Matthijs de Ligt’s Biography which is quite interesting. Now without further ado, let’s Begin.

Matthijs de Ligt Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts- Early Life & Family Background

Matthijs de Ligt was born on the 12th day of August 1999 to his mother, Vivian de Ligt and father, Frank de Ligt in Leiderdorp, a town and municipality in the western Netherlands.

Matthijs de Ligt Birth town

Shortly after his birth, Matthijs de Ligt’s parents moved to Abcoude, a town just south of Amsterdam. Asides from getting better economic opportunity, both parents including their offspring developed a deep love with Ajax football team.

Matthijs de Ligt came as their first born child and son to his parents Vivian and Frank. Later in his early childhood life, his mum had other siblings, a set of twins named; Fleur and Wouter. All together till date makes up the happy members of Ligt’s family.

Matthijs de Ligt's Parents- Vivian and Frank de Ligt 

Matthijs de Ligt had always led the way as a big brother early on. His little sibling, Wouter had always felt lucky enough to have a big brother whom he had shared a bond with right from their childhood days.Matthijs de Ligt's Brother- Wouter

Back then, the de Ligt brothers formed the habit of never allowing each other to wander in the dark alone. Back then, If Ajax plays scores, both boys would all run screaming through their living room. Part of their leisure activity involves their parents taking them on a stroll to Ajax stadium (Johan Cruijff Arena) during weekdays.

Matthijs and Wouter- The de Ligt Brothers

On a personal note, Matthijs was regarded as someone who would always look out for his twin siblings and was never afraid to face bullies in school.

Matthijs de Ligt Early Life Story with Brother and Sister

According to AjaxShowTime, one of Matthijs’ teachers once said;

If someone in his class or his sibling gets bullied, Matthijs would not do what most people would do …That is”run away”. Instead, he would stand in for the bullied.

Matthijs de Ligt Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts- Early Career Life

Did You Know?…  Matthijs never saw a career in football in the route to his destiny early on. Actually, his first sporting success actually came with a ball in his hands rather than his feet. At the age of five, young Matthijs pictured below started playing tennis which he did very well.

Matthijs de Ligt Childhood Story- Early Life

How his Football Journey Began: Despite being a tennis player, Matthijs had difficulty settling with the career. This was a time he soughted other alternatives. Luckily for him, someday, he got introduced to football by his friend who invited him for a training. Just immediately after the training, Matthijs started playing football immediately.

It took about a year for him to settle into the new sport. This was a time he successfully enrolled on the roster of his local youth team, FC Abcoude who gave him the stage to further showcase his talent. Back then, Matthijs would always have his little brother Wouter accompany him to club activities.

Matthijs de Ligt Early Career Life

While with FC Abcoude, he possessed a steely determination and focused on a new dream of becoming pro. Truly, his ambitions were followed by hard work and wasn’t just a passing fancy. Matthijs played for FC Abcoude for 3 more years, a time he polished his skills and kept aimed higher.

Matthijs de Ligt Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts- The Recognition

How Manchester United Scouts found Adnan Januzaj

At the age of 9, Matthijs de Ligt was already been scouted by Ajax scouts who had interest in him for two reasons. First, he was the best player of his age. Secondly was because of his impressive growth which was stable and met their requirements at first.

However, as time went on, doubts by Ajax scouts began to linger. They feared that Matthijs de Ligt was becoming heavier at a rate that might seem unfriendly to the sport. However, they took the risk as they saw that he still had the talent in him.

Matthijs de Ligt Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts- The Ajax Suarez Encounter

De Ligt finally had a successful trial at Jong Ajax, also referred to as Ajax II or Ajax 2 (the reserve team of Ajax). At Ajax, Matthijs became this humble and withdrawn boy whose ability to deal with fame became directly proportional to the way he handled the ball.

According to an interview, the most memorable moment was meeting Luis Suarez a time he was still at Ajax II.

Matthijs de Ligt's Memorable moment- The Luis Suarez Encounter

Did You Know?… Ajax in 2017 once provoked some of its fans via their official FaceBook channel. The Dutch club used the words Next year, together in one team” to describe the photo of Matthijs de Ligt and Luis Suarez who played at Barcelona at that time.

Ajax once broadcasted Matthijs de Ligt Transfer to FC Barcelona

Many Ajax fans found this very unprofessional for the club to refer to transfers in that nature. Perhaps a reason why the club never sold Matthijs de Ligt to Barca in 2018 all in a bid to aviod court troubles.

Matthijs de Ligt Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts- Road to Fame

Matthijs de Ligt was the youngest and the quickest to rise above all youth ranks which led to a promotion to senior football just as he approached 17. This happened after he won multiple awards as a youth footballer.

Matthijs de Ligt Youth Award

Did You Know?…  As a 15-year-old, Matthijs de Ligt won the award for player of the tournament at a tournament for U17’s and also in a tournament for U19’s. That was when fans knew he was going to be a great player. Fast-forward to a year later, he got himself promoted to the Ajax senior team.

Matthijs de Ligt made his successful debut match against FC Emmen on August 8, 2016. This was the day he announced himself to Ajax fans by scoring and making a power slam gesture.

Matthijs de Ligt scores on his debut

That surely sunk into the memory of Ajax fans. Matthijs de Ligt after the match was awarded as the second youngest goalscorer behind Clarence Seedorf.

Matthijs de Ligt Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts- Rise to Fame Story

Things started moving quickly in his first season of professional football which saw his meteoric development. Matthijs de Ligt bonded well with former Columbian teammate, Davinson Sánchez to provide great defensive cover for Ajax. This Leading his team to the Europa team finals. Guiding his team to reach the final at such at a tender age of 17 surely brought praises from all angles. Matthijs de Ligt's Rise to Fame Story

Matthijs de Ligt in a similar fashion like Ruben Neves became the youngest player ever to play in a European final, in a squad with an average age under 23. The maturity he displayed both in the press conference and in the face of a Manchester United challenge was surely priceless for a 17 years old.

The Rise to Fame Story of Matthijs de Ligt

Matthijs de Ligt’s personal life brands and popularity gave more boost to other Ajax young stars notably among them; Kasper Dolgberg and Frenkie de Jong.

How de Ligt helped Kasper and Frenkie

Matthijs de Ligt’s continuous bravery, courage and connection with Ajax fans led him to pass the captaincy requirements for his Ajax team. The video below prooved his leadership potential which paved way for his captaincy title. Watch till the end!!

Securing his captaincy title for his team led to a national award. Matthijs de Ligt became the youngest ever captain of a professional side in the history of Dutch football.

Matthijs de Ligt's Success Story

The rest, as they say, is now history.

Matthijs de Ligt Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts- Relationship Life

Behind every successful footballer, there is indeed a glamorous wag or girlfriend. For Matthijs, right before he became successful, one beautiful lady had already given her heart out to him.

Matthijs de Ligt's love story with Annick Diekman

 

Ligt as at the time of writing is in a relationship with Annick Diekman a hockey girl who playing for HC Athena, a club in Amsterdam.

Annick Diekman Hockey career

Annick is also not afraid of spotlights as she is also into acting. She is a graduate of a youth theater school in Amsterdam. News of their affair came to light in mid-2014, a time when both were just childhood sweethearts who began dating. Matthijs Ligt pictured below was just 15 years of age at that time.

Matthijs de Ligt Love Story with Annick Diekman

Despite being together for a long time, Matthijs and Annick have both not made any decision on settling down. Besides hockey and acting, Annick has been known to spending a lot of time with Matthijs even before he got famous.

Matthijs de Ligt's Relationship Story

Matthijs de Ligt Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts- Personal Life

Matthijs de Ligt's Personal Life

Unlike most promising youth footballers, Matthijs de Ligt personal life attribute is unique and different. Many who know him describe him to be calm, driven, focused, serious and intelligent and cheerful, social and loyal personality.

Matthijs does not like having non-career related attention and loves to spend time alone to himself. If he is not playing football, he would be with Annick or probably play FIFA or watch shows on Netflix all days. He isn’t the type of person who wants to hang out with everyone.

Most recently, His mom had to push him to get his driver’s license which didn’t work out. Matthijs said him acquiring driving lessons wouldn’t fit into his personal training schedule. Day in day out, Matthijs often get his mind constantly occupied with what he needs to be a good defender.

Matthijs de Ligt Personal Life- What he does when he is alone

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