17th September, 2018.
Ajax F.C. Starlet Frenkie de Jong has made it clear that his intention is to join Barcelona F.C. in order to get the opportunity to play alongside his idol, Lionel Messi. He actually said that he is “desperate” to play alongside Messi.
The talented midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to Barca and has revealed that he sees himself playing alongside a legend at Camp Nou.
Barca had identified the highly-rated 21-year-old Dutch starlet as a top target as they sought to bring in cover for the departed Andres Iniesta over the summer.
Ajax F.C. of course are not in a hurry to give out their prized players who they know will bring more benefit to the team if made to stay a bit longer before selling them.
They are not likely to be able to hold on the youngster for too long though as De Jong has revealed that he hopes to one day be a team-mate of five-time Ballon d’Or winner in Catalunya.
The player reportedly told Zippo Sport when asked about those he would like to join forces with.
He simply repiled:
“If you end up in a club of a higher level, you will play with world-class players anyway.
“But I would really like to play with Messi someday.
“We were on vacation in Spain and my grandfather bought me Messi’s shirt with the 30, his shirt number then.
“My grandfather knew that I liked Messi and I wore that shirt all the time.
“Of course I would like to play with him. He’s already 31, so I have to hurry up.”
As far as he is concerned, the player considers Messi to be an ideal role model, with even the words of his family and strong ties to Ajax failing to convince him that Dutch legend John Cruyff was a more complete player.
He added: “Nobody can touch Cruyff for my father.
“He grew up with him and let his hair grow to wear the same hairstyle.
“Messi does not have the charisma of Cruyff, my father tells me, but he does not talk about football.
“And when he does, he says that Cruyff allowed others to play better.
“I answer that Messi does not need those others.”