Donny Van de Beek is ranked 31st in 90min's European Player of the Year series.
The attacking midfielder played a key role in Ajax’s first league title in five years, starting almost every match, as well as helping them secure their spot as semi-finalists in the 18/19 Champions League campaign (more on that shortly).
Van de Beek has enjoyed in an incredible year, and here are four of his best moments:
Juventus 1-2 Ajax (16/04/19)
This game will not only remain in the memories of Van de Beek’s fans, but also Ajax supporters across the globe. After a 1-1 draw with the Old Lady in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals, it looked as though Ajax’s dreams of progressing further in the competition may have been dead and buried.
Fast forward six days and Ajax managed a mighty comeback at the Allianz Stadium with the help of their Dutch midfielder. Ronaldo taunted Ajax once more by scoring within the first 30 minutes of the game. Hope was slowly slipping away until Van de Beek netted one back just five minutes later with De Ligt scoring the winning goal of the night, ending the game 2-1 in favour of the away side.
Knocking Juventus out of the Champions League? Check.
Ajax 1-0 Tottenham (30/04/19)
Matches that precede unfortunate events: Ajax beating Spurs in the first leg of the semi-final at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
It looked like the Dutch side were going to make it to the final stage of the 18/19 competition but a late-minute winner by Lucas Moura in the second leg prevented them from doing so.
Nevertheless, Van de Beek’s performance in the semi-final shouldn’t go uncredited. The 22-year-old scored the only goal in their 1-0 win against the London side within the first half of the game, finding space from Hakim Ziyech as he comfortably netted past Hugo Lloris.
Vitesse 2-2 Ajax (03/08/19)
Despite highlighting his ability to shine on the European stage, Van de Beek got his 19/20 season off to a great start by assisting one and scoring another in Ajax’s 2-2 draw with Vitesse. Although rumours had already been circulating about his potential departure from the club, Van de Beek showed his commitment to the side in the early stages of the campaign.
Vitesse began the scoring with Matus Bero who netted one home within the first 15 minutes. However, Van de Beek was able to find the ball from Ziyech once more, kept his composure and netted one back in the first half. Vitesse struck once more but in the latter stages of the game, the Dutchman assisted Dusan Tadic’s goal, ending the score 2-2.
Van de Beek is known for the amount of chances he creates – and this particular match was a prime example of his ability to turn a game on its head.
Valencia 0-3 Ajax (02/10/19)
Although this might seem a tad irrelevant, considering Ajax’s early exit from the competition this campaign, Van de Beek had a great game in the Dutch’s side thrashing over Valencia in the second matchday of the competition.
Picking up two goal contributions once again – the young star scored the final goal in Ajax’s 3-0 win, after assisting Quincy Promes in the first half.
Unfortunately, Ajax were unable to stage a similar performance in their second go against the Spaniards – resulting in a 1-0 defeat for Van de Beek and his team as the previous semi-finalists made a shock exit from the Champions League.