The 2018/19 campaign wasn't short of narratives for people to latch onto, but few stories last season pulled at the heartstrings like that of AFC Ajax.
Their unbelievable performances in the Champions League had fans across Europe glued to their television screens just to catch a glimpse of
The 22-year-old might have gone under the radar last season, but here's a handful of things to know about Van de Beek as he continues to be linked with a move to join Zinedine Zidane at the
He Could Become Real Madrid's 7th Signing This Summer
Just in case it hasn't been made clear already this summer, Real Madrid are undergoing a major overhaul to get back to the top of the European football pyramid next season.
He's Already Attracted Interest From Bayern Munich & Barcelona
Van de Beek has only really established himself in Amsterdam over the last couple of years, but the Netherlands international was being eyed by European football's biggest clubs within months of making his first-team debut.
Playing his first Eredivisie game in November 2015, Van de Beek was named as a target for Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich the following March, while just one month later Barcelona's name was also thrown into the mix by Mundo Deportivo.
He's Always a Threat in the Final Third
One thing that has stood out throughout his time in Amsterdam so far is that Van de Beek is deadly in front of goal, boasting an impressive record of 25 goals in just 77 appearances during his youth career at Ajax.
Since stepping up to the first-team setup, the 22-year-old has made 138 appearances across all competition, being directly involved in 54 goals.
He set up Ajax's third goal in the
He's Actually a No. 6 in Midfield
For all of van de Beek's famed attacking quality, however, former manager
He's on Ajax's Long List of 'Talent of the Year' Winners
Since 1999, Ajax's biggest academy prospects have been presented with the Talent van De Toekomst
Van de Beek was presented with the award in 2015, going on to join the likes of Christian Eriksen and
He Played 57 of Ajax's 58 Matches Last Season
For all of Van de Beek's quality on the pitch last season, merely the fact he was available for as many games as he was proved to be one of Ajax's most important qualities last season.
Making more appearances than any other player for the Dutch champions last season - level only with Daley Blind on 57 out of the club's 58 matches - Van de Beek was an irreplaceable part of Erik ten Hag's side, only missing their cup match against Roda JC.
Since breaking into the senior squad in Amsterdam almost four years ago, the 22-year-old midfielder hasn't been forced to miss a single match through injury, only ever being left out of a matchday squad to rest or for tactical reasons.