Marten Elco de Roon is a Dutch footballer who plays in the mid-field usually as a defensive midfielder. He was born on 29 March 1991 in Zwijndrecht, Netherlands and plays for the Italian club Atalanta and Netherlands national football team.
De Roon is a skilled tackler and operates dominantly in the midfield. He is a good passer of the ball and understands the game brilliantly.
De Roon started his football journey as a young trainee with VV ASWH. He joined Feyenoord youth in 2000 and spent six good years at the club learning the tricks of the trade.
In July 2006, he joined the Under-17 team of the oldest professional football club in Netherlands, Sparta Rotterdam. In July 2008, he was included in the Under-19 team of Sparta.
A year later citing his impressive performances, he was included in the Netherlands Under-19 team and represented the country in the qualification rounds of the 2010 UEFA European U19 Championship.
He made his debut for the U19 team in November 2009 and 3 appearances for the Netherlands U19 team while scoring a solitary goal against Malta.
De Roon made his debut for the Netherlands national football team on 13 November 2016 in a World Cup Qualifiers Europe match against Luxembourg. Netherlands won the match by 1-3 courtesy two goals of Memphis Depay and one goal of Arjen Robben.
De Roon made his senior debut for Sparta Rotterdam in March 2010 against Twente. He made three appearances in his debut season. He made 65 appearances for Sparta while scoring 2 goals and providing five assists.
In April 2012, De Roon was signed by SC Heereveen on a 3 year contract. During his time at the club, he made a total of 109 appearances including 5 appearances for the U21 side of the club. He scored 7 goals while providing 3 assists in these appearances.
After his contract ended with Heereveen, De Roon was signed by Atalanta BC in July 2015. He scored 4 goals while providing three assists in the 74 appearances he made for the club.
In July 2016, English Club Middlesbrough signed De Roon as he played 36 matches for them while scoring 5 goals. A year later, Atalanta re-signed De Roon.