Frenkie de Jong was born on the 12 of May 1997, and he is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for La Liga club Barcelona and the Netherlands national team. de Jong is a versatile midfielder, who is known for his vision, passing, dribbling, and technique, along with strong defensive abilities and attacking prowess. De Jong has frequently been ranked among the best midfielders in world football.
Unarguably, Frenkie de Jong is a product of Willem II, he played through the entire youth system at the club. On the 10th of May 2015, De Jong made his Eredivisie debut against ADO Den Haag, two days before his eighteenth birthday. The young star was substituted in the 68th minute for Terell Ondaan in a (1–0) home win.
It was reported by the BBC at the beginning of the season, on the 22nd of August 2015, Ajax purchased De Jong. He signed a four-year contract for a symbolic €1 fee, including a 10% sell-on bonus. The Dutch player was loaned back to Willem II on the 23rd of August 2015, until 31 December 2015. During this time he made one substitute appearance in an Eredivisie match against PEC Zwolle.
2016–2019: Development and first-team regular
For the first two years of Frenkie de Jong at Ajax, he was in and out of the first team squad. After the young talent returned to the club in January, 2016, de Jong made 15 appearances in the 2015—16 Eerste Divisie for Ajax II. As a matter of fact, he primarily played in the centre of a three-man midfield and scored two goals. In the next season, he was awarded the 2016–17 Eerste Divisie’s Talent of the season award for his performances with Ajax II for whom he made 31 first team appearances and played as a central, and defensive, midfielder.
The young star achieved success, and widespread recognition, during the 2018–19 season and led Ajax to their first domestic double (league and cup) since the 2001–02 season. During the 2019 season, Ajax wrestled with PSV Eindhoven all season for the league, and finished the last five weeks at the top of the table. And was recorded the the young midfielder made 51 total appearances and starred in Ajax’s first leg (0–1) win over Tottenham Hotspur in the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League semi-final at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium—in which De Jong had the most touches by any player on the pitch (87) and an 86.2 percent pass completion rate. And that was the first time Ajax made the tournament semi-final since 1997. The Eredivisie outlet eliminated Juventus (3–2 on agg.) in the quarterfinals and Real Madrid (5–3 on agg.) And as per statistics, in the second leg of the semi-final, Ajax lost 2–3 at home and were knocked out on away goals to English club Tottenham Hotspur. Frenkie de Jong was selected to the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League squad of the season and voted the tournament’s midfielder of the season.
La Liga Heavyweight club, FC Barcelona announced the signing of de Jong on a five-year contract on the 23rd of January 2019, effective from 1 July 2019, for an initial fee worth €75 million. The young star had transfer discussions with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City and Manchester United before ultimately opting for Barcelona. Frankie de Jong made his competitive debut on the 16th of August 2019, in a 0–1 opening day defeat to Athletic Bilbao.
In his international career, it is in the record book that De Jong made eight appearances for the Netherlands under-19 team, with his debut coming against Russia on 7 July 2015. The young star made six appearances and scored one goal for the Netherlands at the under-21 level. Frankie de Jong replaced Georginio Wijnaldum at half-time to make his senior international debut in a friendly (2–1) win against Peru on the 6th of September 2018. After he played fifteen minutes on his debut, he assisted a goal for Memphis Depay by retrieving possession high up the pitch and setting up the forward. The Dutch international later on scored the winner and had a 100 percent pass completion rate (21 passes) in the opposition half. De Jong soon became a regular starter for the Netherlands in the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League and the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers.
Frenkie De Jong’s Net Worth
Frenkie de Jong has a net worth of €12 million as of 2021.
Frenkie De Jong’s Salary
The midfielder agreed on a deal with FC Barcelona in 2019 that pays him a staggering 16 million euros (14.3 million pounds) per year. According to our calculations, he receives €43,716 (£39,211) a day and €1,821 (£1,634) per hour!
KNVB Cup: 2018–19
Copa del Rey: 2020–21
Eerste Divisie Talent of the Season: 2016–17
Eredivisie Player of the Month: December 2018, February 2019
Eredivisie Player of the Season: 2018–19
Eredivisie Team of the Season: 2018–19
UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2018–19
UEFA Champions League Midfielder of the Season: 2018–19
Johan Cruyff Trophy: 2018–19
UEFA Nations League Finals Young Player of the Tournament: 2019
UEFA Nations League Finals Team of the Tournament: 2019
FIFA FIFPro World11: 2019
IFFHS Men’s World Team: 2019
UEFA Team of the Year: 2019
Premi Barça Jugadors (Barça Players Award): 2020–21