We sometimes make decisions that will come to turn against us in the future. But if they are good decisions, we’ll persevere the pain for a while then expect a great return.
Have you ever been with great friends for a good period of time then decide to leave them for no bad reason?
The feeling is always intense and their love for you will always haunt you. Well, back to the main business.
Frenkie de Jong announced himself as one of Europe’s golden boys with his exploits for Ajax this season.
The midfielder, who’s just turned 22, was key to his team’s Dutch title win – as well as their run to the Champions League semi-finals.
Ajax captured the attention of the continent with their stunning run and De Jong specifically caught the eye of Barcelona.
In January, the La Liga champions confirmed a deal to sign the Dutchman on a five-year deal, for no less than €75 million.
That means his days as an Ajax man have been numbered for some time now and on Wednesday, he played his final game in their famous shirt.
For De Jong, it could well be the one he remembers most.
A 4-1 win away to De Graafschap saw Ajax win their first Eredivisie title since 2014 and it also secured a domestic double.
What a way to bow out!
Next season, De Jong will be lining up alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez at Barca, but it seems he really wanted to savour his last few moments in an Ajax shirt.
So much so, that he asked the referee to add on more time in the closing stages on Wednesday’s win.
In his final game for Ajax, Barcelona-bound Frenkie de Jong asked the referee to give some extra-time, so he could play for as long as possible 🙂pic.twitter.com/l1iGP5OFiD
— GiveMeSport Football (@GMS__Football) May 17, 2019
Check out the videos below, where De Jong speaks to the referee in Dutch, saying something which translates to “Give me some injury time, I want to play football for as long as possible, yeah?”
Brilliant. De Jong was clearly enjoying his final moments with Ajax, but it’s hard to argue that a move to Barca has come too early.
This season he’s shown his potential and dominated the midfield against both Real Madrid and Juventus in the Champions League.
Ajax’s famous run may have ended at the semi-final stage, but as De Jong helped deliver the domestic double, he’ll be leaving a club legend this summer, at just 22-years-old.