Christian Eriksen is a Danish footballer who currently plays for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and the Danish national team. Born on 14 February 1992 in Denmark, the attacking midfielder is regarded as one of best emerging talents in the Premier League. Eriksen holds the record for winning the Danish Player of the Year award for three consecutive seasons.
Footballing days began early for the prodigy, who started playing for his hometown club, Middelfart at the age of three. In 2005, Eriksen joined First Division team, OB and won the tournament in his second year. He followed it up with impressive performances at the Danish U-17 team and was soon having trials with giants like Barcelona, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Ajax.
Eriksen decided to join Ajax in 2008 for a fee of £847,199 at the age of 16 and started playing at the youth level. Swiftly rising through the ranks, Eriksen broke into the first team in 2010.
After impressing at Under-17 level, where Eriksen scored nine goals in 16 matches, Erikson was called in for the senior team in 2010. He made his debut in a friendly against Austria and became Denmark's fourth youngest full international. He also went on to play in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, where he was the youngest player in the competition.
He made his professional debut for Ajax on 17th January 2010 in a league match against NAC Breda. His first goal came two months later when he scored in the 6-0 win against Go Ahead Eagles in the Dutch Cup. Eriksen ended his first professional season with 21 games and a goal to his name.
Rise to glory
The second year with Ajax saw Eriksen cementing his spot in the first team. He not only scored goals but emerged as a successful playmaker by the end of the season. Ajax won the Eredivisie title that year and Eriksen won the Dutch Football Talent of the year.
Erikson continued his form and carried Ajax to the Eredivisie title for the next three seasons. He ended his campaign with Ajax with 25 goals and 41 assists in 113 league matches.
Eriksen joined Tottenham in August 2013 for a transfer fee of £11 million. He made his league debut for the team in the next month against Norwich City, where provided the assist for Gylfi Sigurdsson’s goal. Eriksen then went on a goal scoring spree as he scored 10 goals along with providing 14 assists in 36 matches across all competitions. He was given the Tottenham Player of the Year award along with the Danish Player of the Year.
Eriksen ended his second season with Tottenham on an even higher note as he played in all league matches while netting the ball on 12 occasions.
In the 171 matches played so far for Tottenham, Eriksen has 41 goals to his name.
Eriksen scored his first international goal for Denmark in 2-0 win against Iceland in the Euro 2012 qualifier. During the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, Eriksen scored a staggering 11 goals to single handedly carry his team for the spot at the World Cup. Eriksen’s tally of 11 goals was behind only Lewandowski (16) and Ronaldo (15). As the FIFA World Cup draws near, it will be interesting to see how the Danish footballing sensation fares.