10/01/2021 at 8:15 AM CEST
FC Barcelona midfielder Frenkie De Jong reached his first 100 games as a Barça player in the painful defeat in Lisbon against Benfica, corresponding to the second day of the group stage of the Champions League. Signed in the summer of 2019, he has a total of nine goals and 15 assists and is one of the most important players in the core.
The Dutchman, who was forced to act as a central defender after the change of Gerard Piqué after half an hour of play, He is 24 years old and one of the best midfielders in European football: his market value amounts to 90 million euros. With up to three different coaches, the former Ajax He has played 18 Champions League matches, 71 in LaLiga, eight in the Copa del Rey and three in the Spanish Super Cup.
The former Willem II player is already one of the 10 Dutchmen who have worn the Barça elastic the most times. After beating Marc Overmans (97) against Granada, Frenkie De Jong is in ninth position behind Philipp Cocu (205), Ronald Koeman (192), Patrick Kluivert (182), Michael Reiziger (173), Frank de Boer (144), Johannes Neeskens (140), Johan Cruyff (139) and van Bronckhorst (105).
Ronald Koeman’s hand blast
De Jong had a difficult first season at the Camp Nou. He landed as one of the greatest talents in European football, but with Ernesto Valverde and Quique Setién he found his place in midfield. It wasn’t until the arrival of Ronald Koeman, who took over the reins after the 2-8 disaster, that he exploded: With total freedom with Sergio Busquets, he freed himself and brought out all his potential.
Last season was essential in the Dutchman’s system: He played 37 of the 38 days in LaLiga and only missed one Champions League match and another in the Copa del Rey. Precisely in this competition he won his first title as a Barça player, after beating Athletic Club in the final and sign what has been practically his best game as a Barça player: he scored and distributed two assists.