Ajax has produced lots of quality players over the past few decades.
Here is why Ajax deserves to be regarded as the best club in the 21st century.
Ajax Amsterdam is the stepping stone for the world's brightest football jewels.
Young players matter at Ajax. The 33-time Dutch Champions owe a global reputation to produce prospects raised to high standards. Fans around the world are aware of that and their convictions have been proven right by the heroics of a certain squad led by a teenage defender.
When you enter Ajax as a club, there is a whole range of arrangements that are being made, says Max Deckers, performance analyst at Ajax. We help them to build a career in an atmosphere where they will feel safe, but also know what is expected of them at the highest level.
At Ajax, the crucible of Total Football the goal is to produce complete players. Youngsters try out every position to deepens their understanding of the game as they work their way through the ranks. It remodels players with an intellectual appetite and great versatility.
The economy of the European game means that despite their heritage, clubs like Ajax must be open to every possibility of gaining an edge. That means unearthing stars who can keep the first team competitive before moving on for transfer fees that can be reinvested elsewhere.
Ajax have made a hefty profit from recent players sales, shipping off Donny Van de Beek, Hakim Ziyech, Frenkie de Jong, Matthijs de Ligt, Klaasen, Dolberg, Kluivert for around £300 million. That amount has been re-invested into signings like Tadic, Antony and Promes and how well that has paid off.
Legends at Ajax include forwards like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Luis Suarez, Dennis Bergkamp, Van Basten, Litmanen, Kluivert, Keizer and Johan Cruyff. Midfield ironheads like Neeskens, Davids, Wesley Sneijder and Van der Vaart and defensive titans like Krol, de Boer, Rijkaard and Ronald Koeman with Van der Sar at the helm.
Another crop of youngsters are rearing their heads at the Johan Cruyff Arena, the likes of Kudus, Daramy, Ryan Gravenberch, Rensch, Mazraoui, Timber and Antony all ready to make their presence felt. Exciting times lie ahead for the youngsters of Ajax and football lovers worldwide.
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