HomeAC MilanAjax XI if they didn’t sell their star players

Ajax XI if they didn’t sell their star players

- Advertisement -

Based in Amsterdam, AFC Ajax, who incidentally draw their name from the legendary Greek hero of the same name, are the most successful club in the Netherlands, having won the Eredivisie a record 34 times, accompanied by 19 KNVB Cups, which is the Dutch domestic cup competition

Founded on 18th March 1900, they are also among the most successful European clubs of the 20th century. 

- Advertisement -

The Lancers’ 120 years of success has been built upon a renowned youth academy, that has produced some legends of the game, including Johan Cruyff, who revolutionized the sport with his total football philosophy. 


Most recently, talented youngsters such as Donny Van de Beek, Matthijs de Ligt graduated from Ajax’s youth academy, and have made a name for themselves in world football. 

However, the downside of having such an excellent record of producing footballing gems is that the Dutch giants are constantly forced to sell their best players to European elites. 

Ajax reached the semi-finals of the 2018-19 Champions League, but many of their prominent players were sold for huge profits. This, in turn, helps the club to keep the cycle going, and they’ve continued to produce talented players year after year. 

But what if they never sold their star players? What if Ajax could have held on to their gems of the recent past? 

Keeping that in mind, in this article, we will take a look at how Ajax could have lined up if they didn’t sell their star players: 

Jasper Cillessen (Goalkeeper)

Currently on the books of Valencia, the Dutch goalkeeper played for the Amsterdam-based club from 2011-2016, before leaving to join Barcelona. 


In total, Jasper Cillessen made 143 appearances for Ajax, winning four major honours along the road.  

Toby Alderweireld (Right-back)

Before their reunion at Tottenham, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen formed Ajax’s formidable centre-back partnership once upon a time. 


Alderweireld plied his trade at the Johan Cryuff Arena from 2008 to 2013, amassing 186 appearances, whilst helping the team win five major honours. 

Matthijs de Ligt (Centre-back)

At the age of 19, a young Matthijs de Ligt lead Ajax to the 2018-19 Champions League semi-finals, which surely speaks volumes about his talent as a centre-back. 


The Dutchman racked up 117 appearances between 2016-2019, before sealing a blockbuster move to Juventus ahead of this season. 

Jan Vertonghen (Centre-back)

Before establishing himself as a firm fan favourite in north London with Spurs, Jan Vertonghen was a crucial player for Ajax, for six seasons between 2006 and 2012. 


Within that period, the Belgian defender played 220 games for the Lancers, helping the club to four major titles. 

Maxwell (Left-back)

Maxwell won titles with every club that he played for including, Paris Saint-Germain, Inter Milan, and Barcelona. But before that, the Brazilian full-back polished his skills at Ajax from 2001-2006. 

Until his retirement, the veteran defender had won numerous trophies, including four major titles with the Eredivisie giants. 

Frenkie de Jong (Central midfielder)

The 23-year-old was a key cog of the Ajax team that reached the Champions League semi-finals last season, and he was rewarded for his stellar performances by a move to Barcelona


Frenkie de Jong represented the Lancers from 2015-19, amassing a total of 89 appearances for the senior team. Since then, he has had moderate success with the Blaugrana in his debut season. 

Christian Eriksen (Central midfielder)

A truly world-class midfielder, Christian Eriksen honed his craft at the Johan Cryuff Arena between 2010-2013, before earning a move to Tottenham. 


Eriksen would go on to make a big name for himself in the Premier League before leaving to join Inter Milan in the month of January earlier this year. 

Hakim Ziyech (Central midfielder)

The Moroccan international recently sealed a big-money move to Chelsea, on the back of his stunning exploits with the Eredivisie giants. 


Hakim Ziyech signed with the Dutch club in 2016, and made 165 appearances for them, playing a key role for the first team in recent years. 

Luis Suarez (Forward)

Before coming into the spotlight with Liverpool, Luis Saurez used to ply his trade for Ajax between 2007-2011, thereby playing 159 games for the Lancers. 


He would subsequently, go on to star for the Reds, before earning a move to Barcelona in 2014, where he remains till date. 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Forward)

Signed from Swedish club Malmo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic arrived at the Johan Cryuff Arena in 2001, and in only a span of three years, the world started to take note of his incredible talents. 

Little did anyone know that he would go on to become a true legend of the sport. Having represented the likes of Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain in his stellar career, Ibrahimovic is currently in his second spell with AC Milan. 

Wesley Sneijder (Forward)

After progressing through the youth ranks of Ajax, Wesley Sneijder made his first-team debut in 2002 and continued to star for the club before moving to Real Madrid five seasons later. 

Having amassed 180 appearances for his boyhood club, the Dutchman also represented Inter Milan and Galatasaray in his prolific career, before announcing his retirement last year. 

Here’s how Ajax could have lined up if they didn’t sell their best players:

Ajax XI if they didn't sell their star players

All stats courtesy: Transfermarkt.co.in

Follow us on Facebook for more sports news & updates

- Advertisement -

15 Highly Educated Cricketers Of All Time

Cricket is a game of passion and dedication. A sport in which one involves themselves in camps and practice since early childhood. Due to...

Do we often under-appreciate Andy Flower? What’s his legacy?

There's a hint of sadness in noting that Zimbabwe has never been a dominant power in world cricket. But nothing could be sadder than...

How Come UFC Fighters Have Cauliflower Ears But Boxers Don’t?

The UFC has come a long way since its early days, wherein the fights seemed like modern-day gladiators due to its brutality and inconsistent...

Why are more and more MotoGP riders using the Noson nasal dilator?

Introduction MotoGP riders or athletes are physically fit and healthy individuals and their muscles are continuously functioning and used during the performance. As a fan...

IPL 2018: The beautiful Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur

Being seated in the Sawai Mansingh stadium brings a different world, a world of difference away from the palpable excitement of watching truly India’s...

5 spinners who can be India’s potential finger-spinners

The Indian cricket team has always been proud of its ability to produce world-class batsmen and similarly potent spinners. Though in recent times, the...

The astonishing decline of Mario Balotelli

There was a time when Mario Balotelli was on top of the world.  The Italian talisman had scored two goals in the Euro 2012 semi-finals,...

Top 5 Left Wingers In The World, Based On 2019-20 Season

Owing to the fact that football has evolved a lot since its inception and the tactics have changed a lot, the role of wingers...

What can be expected from the 2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix?

Heat in the air and heat inside the car- that's been the story of the Azerbaijan Grand prix. As F1 parks itself at Baku...

How Suresh Raina Batted India Into The Finals of 2011 World Cup

Its been 9 years, since India won the Cricket World Cup defeating Sri Lanka on 2 April, 2011. The images and visuals of...

Big change for India Women’s cricket as BCCI looks to finalise bowling coach soon

We are not even at the halfway stage of the 2018 cricketing season. It clearly seems there's no stopping India's women's cricket team. The...

IPL 2018: The best from the West Indies

When one of nature's treacherous attacks on mankind- earthquakes- strike, their impact is measured on Richter's scale. When West Indians strike in a tournament...

Southampton XI if they didn’t sell their star players

Southampton, a club located in the south coast of England, have one of the most renowned youth academies in the Premier League.  Despite producing class...

Age Fraud in Indian Cricket: Are players really to be blamed?

There have been times while watching a cricket match when we tend to hear commentators comment on cricketers’ age. We as fans have many...

Who Is the Better Formula 1 Racer, Max Verstappen or Lewis Hamilton?

Despite Verstappen’s first win in Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2021, a new debate has sparked on which Formula 1 racer is better? Max Verstappen...

- Advertisement -

- Advertisement -