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Frenkie de Jong

Frenkie de Jong (born 12 May 1997) is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Barcelona FC and the Netherlands national team. A versatile midfielder, he is known for his vision, passing, dribbling, technique, along with strong defensive abilities and attacking prowess.

De Jong began his professional career at Willem II in 2015. He transferred to Ajax for a fee worth €1 a year later. The fee was symbolic and offset by a sell-on clause. At Ajax he established himself as one of the best young midfielders in Europe, after winning a domestic double and reaching the Champions League semi-finals. De Jong won the Eredivisie and KNVB Cup, was Eredivisie player of the season, and was an instrumental part of Ajax’s first UEFA Champions League semi-final appearance in 22 years, in a breakthrough 2018–19 season.

During his breakthrough season, De Jong agreed to sign for Barcelona in January 2019, leading him to be signed for the club in July, for a fee worth €75 million. De Jong was selected to the 2019 FIFA FIFPro World11 and was one of three Dutch players to feature in it for the first time in five years.

De Jong made his senior international debut for the Netherlands in September 2018. He became a starter in the inaugural UEFA Nations League, in which Netherlands finished runners-up. He also represented the side at UEFA Euro 2020.

Personal information
Full name Frenkie de Jong[1]
Date of birth 12 May 1997 (age 25)
Place of birth Gorinchem, Netherlands
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[2]
Position(s) Midfielder[3]
Club information
Current team
Number 21
Youth career
2003–2005 ASV Arkel
2005–2009 Willem II
2005–2009 RJO Willem II/RKC
2009–2015 Willem II
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015 Willem II 2 (0)
2015–2017 Jong Ajax 46 (8)
2016–2019 Ajax 57 (4)
2019– Barcelona 98 (8)
National team
2012 Netherlands U15 1 (0)
2014–2015 Netherlands U18 5 (1)
2015–2016 Netherlands U19 8 (0)
2016 Netherlands U20 2 (0)
2017 Netherlands U21 6 (1)
2018– Netherlands 44 (1)

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