Top 5 greatest players sold by Ajax
- The list features some the best players Ajax ever had.
Ajax has won 33 national titles and is the most successful Dutch club till date. They are also amongst the select few clubs who have won all three major UEFA club competitions.
However, AFC Ajax is also famous for selling many players which went on to become global icons in other parts of the world. The club is known to have produced some of the finest talents in football. Many of the players trained at Ajax's youth academy now play in Europe's top flight leagues.
Barcelona is one particular club which has shown a lot of interest in buying players from Ajax.
Young midfielder Frenkie De Jong was linked with Manchester City and PSG as well but finally signed by Barcelona. The versatile Dutch player will be joining Barcelona from 1st July 2019. The Catalan club had to shell out a whopping 75 million euros for Frenkie de Jong and will reportedly be paying an additional 11 million euros in variables.
Frenkie has signed for the next 5 seasons. Brilliant technical ability, killer passes, and an exceptional game sense - these are the traits one does not see in every other midfielder but the former Ajax player possesses them.
That is the reason why Barcelona was willing to splurge so much money for Frenkie as he is one of the classiest midfielders of the current generation. Frenkie has the ability to play both as an attacking or defensive midfielder as per the need of the team. He promises to be a key playmaker for Barcelona.
Had Ajax not sold their best players then they would be having one of the best lineups in World football. In this article, we take a look at the all-time top 5 best players sold by The Lancers.
Even though De Jong is a fine talent, he still has a long way to go and is not included in the Top 5 list. Other honourable mentions are Jan Vertonghen, Daley Blind, Davy Klaassen, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Arkadiusz Milik, Davinson Sánchez, Wesley Sneijder, and Cristian Chivu.
Without further ado, here are the Top 5 greatest players sold by Ajax:
Note: All the transfer fee value taken is as per Transfermarkt.
#5 Christian Eriksen
Danish playmaker Christian Eriksen is an integral part of Tottenham Hotspur currently.
Eriksen moved to Ajax's youth team in 2008 from Odense Boldklub for £ 1.35 million. The Attacking midfielder made his first-team debut in 2010. He soon became a regular starter in the team and held the responsibility of being the main creator.
The Dane went on to score 32 goals in 162 appearances for the Amsterdammers and assisted over 50 goals. He also won three back-to-back Eredivisie titles from 2010 to 2013.
His splendid display on the pitch has earned him multiple individual honours such as Dutch Football Talent of the Year in 2011 and Danish Football Player of the Year in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2017 to name a few.
The technically gifted player was roped in by Tottenham on 30 August 2013. It is reported that he put pen to paper for £ 12.15 million. The 26-year-old has amassed 62 goals in 254 appearances for The Lilywhites.