Former Manchester United goalkeeper, Edwin van der Sar has compared Matthijs de Ligt to Cristiano Ronaldo, saying they have an identical mentality to be among the world’s best.
De Ligt led the young Ajax side that reached the Champions League semi-finals last season, playing amazingly before joining Ronaldo at Juventus.
Edwin played an important role in developing Erik ten Hag’s team in his role as Ajax CEO, with talented youngsters like Frenkie de Jong and Donny van de Beek graduating through the club’s famous youth system.
Despite several interests from several clubs, De Ligt chose Juve and Van der Sar believes he’ll adapt at his new club easily.
His words, “He had been at Ajax all his life”
“So to step away, move with your girlfriend and the family to a different city in Italy, he must learn a new language and get to know his team-mates.
“His mentality, that of someone who always tries to improve, makes him want to be the best defender in the world. And I’ve seen that with a few players, one of them is playing for his team, Cristiano Ronaldo.
“He has the same desire and hunger as De Ligt. Matthijs is only [20 years old]. He was fantastic for us at Ajax, our rock and our captain.”
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