Donny van de Beek was born on the 18th of April 1997, and he is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Manchester United and the Netherlands national team.
Various research has it that Donny began his career as a boy with the local Veensche Boys’ academy where his father, André, once played. He joined the Ajax youth academy signing a three-year contract in August 2014, and was assigned to the D-team. The young star progressed further through the academy and featured in the A1 team Supercup victory against the Feyenoord A1 team. The midfielder signed a contract extension on the 27th of January 2015, to keep him at the club until mid-2018.
The Dutch international made his debut for Jong Ajax (the Ajax reserve team) in the Eerste Divisie against Sparta Rotterdam in January 2015. After a frame of two months, manager Frank de Boer called him to the senior team for a league match against ADO Den Haag as an injury replacement. However, Van de Beek was an unused substitute in that match. But nevertheless, at the end of the 2014–15 season, he won the AFC Ajax Talent of the Future award.
In the 2016–17 season, new manager Peter Bosz included Van de Beek in the Ajax squad for the UEFA Champions League qualification match against Greek club PAOK for a couple of reasons: This is because Bosz was impressed by Van de Beek’s performance during pre-season friendlies in Austria, Riechedly Bazoer was injured and Nemanja Gudelj was suspended. Donny made his Champions League debut against PAOK on the 26th of July, starting in the 1–1 draw. While Donny Van de Beek was playing for the reserves during the season he and Abdelhak Nouri were the only players who were given more than a seven rating on average by Voetbal International. Van de Beek in November, was included in the Europa League Team of the Week for his performance against Panathinaikos. The young star was a part of a midfield trio with Nouri and Lasse Schöne. The young star replaced Schöne in the 70th minute of the Europa League final against Manchester United, with Ajax losing the match 2–0.
The Dutch international midfielder played a pivotal role as the attacking midfielder for Ajax in the 2018–19 season, starting almost every match in all competitions, as the team won their first league title in five years and surprisingly qualified for the semi-final of the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League. The young star scored against Juventus on the 16th of April in the second leg of the quarter-final to help his team knock out the Italian champion with a 3–2 on aggregate.
ESPN reported that Ajax reached an agreement with English Premier League club Manchester United for the transfer of Van de Beek on the 30th of August 2020. The report has it that the transfer was completed three days later with Van de Beek signing a five-year contract for a reported £35 million plus £5 million in add-ons. The young star chose to wear the number 34 jersey as a tribute to former Ajax teammate Abdelhak Nouri, who collapsed during a friendly in 2017 and went into an induced coma. The young midfielder had little involvement during his first season at Manchester United, starting only four Premier League matches. The 25-year old made his debut in a friendly against Aston Villa on 12 September, before making his competitive debut as a substitute in the club’s opening Premier League fixture at home to Crystal Palace on 19 September; he scored United’s only goal in a 3–1 defeat.
Loan to Everton
Donny Van de Beek on the 31st of January 2022, was loaned out to Premier League club Everton until the end of the 2021–22 season.
The young talent made his debut for the Netherlands under-17 team against Germany on the 11th of September 2013. Donny was part of the squad that managed to reach the final of the 2014 UEFA European Under-17 Championship after defeating Scotland in the semi-final.
Donny Van de Beek made his senior international debut against Romania in a friendly match on the 14th of November 2017. The Dutch player appeared in both games in the 2019 UEFA Nations League Finals as a substitute, as the Netherlands defeated England 3–1 but lost to Portugal in the final 1–0. Fortunately for him, he scored his first international goal on 14 October 2020 in a 1–1 away draw against Italy in the UEFA Nations League.
Donny van de Beek’s Net Worth
As per Forbes update, Donny van de Beek has a net worth of €5million (£4.2million), which mostly represents his earnings from football contracts.
Donny van de Beek Salary
The Dutch midfielder signed a lucrative five-year contract with Manchester United. The central midfielder currently earns £41,806-per week in wages.
KNVB Cup: 2018–19
Johan Cruyff Shield: 2019
UEFA Europa League runner-up: 2016–17
UEFA Europa League runner-up: 2020–21
UEFA European Under-17 Championship runner-up: 2014
Ajax Talent of the Future (Sjaak Swart Award): 2014–15