Donny Van de Beek Biography

Mon 08 March 2021 | 14:30

A detailed look at Donny Van de Beek biography including his general information, life story, style of play and career statistics.

Donny Van de Beek is a professional player who is currently playing as a Midfielder for Manchester United Football club and Netherlands National team.

Over the past few seasons, Donny Van de Beek has proven to be among the best in his position. A graduate of

Ajax Amsterdam

youth academy, Van de Beek made a name for himself since the start of his career with the senior team, but more so at the 2018-19 season in which he was a star of the brilliant Ajax side which won the domestic double and reached the Champions League semi-final.

Van de Beek also had a very successful career spell with Ajax Amsterdam. He was chosen as the club's talent for the future in 2015. Van de Beek scored 41 goals in 175 games for Ajax and won many individual and collective titles including: Eredivisie, KNVB Cup and the Johan Cruyff Shield in the 2018-2019 season, before joining Manchester United in the summer of 2020.

Van de Beek has been a player for the Netherlands national team both at the youth and senior level. He also represented his country in the 2018

World Cup

as well as two editions of the UEFA Europa League.

As of the beginning of March 2021, Van de Beek has scored 67 goals and has provided 56 assists in 284 matches during his professional career. He has played 26 games for Manchester United in the 2020-21 season, registering 1 goal and 1 assist to his name. Stay tuned to read more about

Donny Van de Beek biography

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All You Need to Know about Donny Van de Beek Biography

In the following article, we will have a look at Donny Van de Beek biography which includes his career and personal life. We will go deep into every aspect of his personal and professional life to see why he is considered as one of the best forwards in the football world.

Donny Van de Beek Information

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Donny Van de Beek life story

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Donny Van de Beek Bio

  • Full Name: 

    Donny Van de Beek

  • Nickname:


  • Profession:

    Professional Footballer

Donny Van de Beek Physical Stats

  • Weight:

    80 Kg

  • Height:

    1. 83 m (6 ft.0 in)

  • Eye Color:


  • Hair Color:

    Light Brown

Donny Van de Beek Football Information

  • Position:


  • Jersey Number:

    34 at Manchester United

  • Professional Debut:


Donny Van de Beek Date of Birth and Personal Info

  • Date of Birth:

    18 April 1997

  • Birth Place:

    Amersfoort, Netherlands

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  • Nationality:


Donny Van de Beek Early Life

In this section of our article about Donny Van de Beek biography we will present you with the most interesting facts about

Donny Van de Beek childhood

and family background to see where he took his first steps as an amateur footballer.

Donny Van de Beek date of birth

is at the 18th day of April 1997. It is interesting that He shares his birthday with Liverpool's current player

Divock Origi

and former Real Madrid star, Esteban Cambiasso who are both born on the 18th of April.

Donny Van de Beek nationality

is Dutch. He was born into a football-loving family from Amersfoort in Netherlands Van de Beek's parents supported their son on the early stages of his footballing career. According to his own interviews that his father used to take him to Johan Cruyff stadium since he was 5 years old. As a result his passion for the game grew and he decided to become an Ajax player someday.

“At that time I kept saying to my father, like what all the little boys say, I want to be a professional football player, I want to be an Ajax player’ and he laughed a little bit, but he said if you want to do it then you have to do your best."

Donny Van de Beek impressed right from the start of his footballing journey. His passion for football and his clear talent, persuaded his parents to sign him up for a trial at Rody in Veensche Boys, a local academy in the Gerderland province.

 He stayed at the academy till he was 11 years old and then his dreams became reality and he joined Ajax Amsterdam's famous youth academy.  During this time that he had to go on a long drive from his village town to Amsterdam to go to School and Ajax Academy.

“When I was younger I always had to drive a long way… I lived in a small village and it was maybe 40 minutes’ drive from Amsterdam and when I was younger I was in school as well. So they were long days, 8 o’clock in the morning I was going on the bus to school and I wasn’t getting home until 8 o’clock at night. But that all made me stronger."

Donny Van de Beek most inspiring footballing memory was when Netherlands reached the final of the 2010 World Cup. He was 13 years old at the time and was at awe of the amazing performances by his country at Football's biggest international event.

Van de Beek played for Ajax's different youth ranks and reached the first team in 2014. In total he played 39 games for

Ajax U19

and 35 games for the U21 team. He was also a member of Netherlands U17 team which ended as runners-up in the UEFA European Under-17 Championship.

Donny Van de Beek Profile

In This part of the article, we will concentrate on Donny Van de Beek profile which includes his style of play, goal celebration and the reception he has received from media, fans and his colleagues.

Starting his professional career at Ajax Amsterdam

Donny Van de Beek professional career started in 2014 as he was promoted to Ajax's senior side. He made his debut in a Europa League game against


. Despite his young age, Van de Beek continued to perform at a high level consistently and scored his first professional goal in a 1–1 draw against Molde. The goal later won him the club's goal of the month award.

Overall, Donny Van de Beek scored 5 goals and provided 10 assists in 30 games in his first season at the professional level. He became a key member of the team from his second season and scored 6 goals in 48 games, followed by 13 goals and 6 assists in 39 games in his third season. At the end of his third season with Ajax, Van de Beek reached the Uefa Europa League final but lost the title to his current club, Manchester United, then coached by Jose Mourinho.

The historic 2018-19 Season

Van de Beek was absolutely amazing for Ajax in the historic 2018-19 season in which they won the domestic double and reached the semi-final of the

Champions League

, eliminating the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus along the way. They were agonizingly close to reach the final but had their hearts broken against Tottenham by a 96 minute goal by Lukas Moura. Van de Beek scored 17 goals and assisted 13 times in 57 games across all competitions. His fine form earned him a 28th place in the list of Ballon d'Or.

The following season, many of Ajax's best players left the club for bigger clubs. Frenkie de Jong moved to Barcelona, Matthias de Ligt signed with Juventus and Hakim Ziyech joined Chelsea. Van de Beek however decided to stay at his boyhood club for another season. He won another Eredevise title with Ajax and scored 10 goals in 37 games. Overall, Van de Beek scored 41 goals and assisted 34 times in 175 games during his five season spell at Ajax Amsterdam.

Moving to Manchester United

In the summer of 2020 it was announced that Donny Van de Beek has signed a 5 year contract with

Manchester United

to play at the English Premier League. He scored his first and only goal so far for his new club in his debut Crystal Palace, which Manchester lost 3-1.

Despite his brilliant form in the past three seasons, Van de Beek has found it hard to earn himself a place in the United's starting elevens and has been used by Solskjaer mainly as a substitute. Van de Beek has played only 1053 minutes (in 26 matches) for the Red Devils so far this season. He has scored 1 goal and has provided 1 assist in those games.

As of the beginning of March 2021, Donny Van de Beek has scored 67 and assisted 56 times in 284 games during his club career.

With Netherlands youth and senior national teams

On the international level, Van de Beek was first called up to Netherlands U17 side in September 2013. He played 13 games and scored one goal before being called up to the U19 team the following year. Van de Beek played a total of 20 games and scored 9 goals for the U19 side.

Donny Van de Beek was a member of Netherlands U17, U19, U20 and U21 youth teams and in total scored 6 goals in 38 games.

Van de Beek was first called up to the


senior team in 2017. He played his first game in a friendly against Romania. Van de Beek represented his country in the 2018-19 Uefa Europa League, which the Netherlands finished as the runners up. As of March 2021, Van de Beek has played 17 games for the Netherlands and has scored 2 goals. His first goal was in a 1-1 draw against Italy at Europa Nations League and his second in a friendly against Spain which also ended 1-1.

Style of Play

Donny Van de Beek

is known the most for his trickery on the ball, eye for goal as well as his ability to open up the opposition defense line with accurate passes.

Van de Beek is a versatile midfielder, and although his main position on the field is the central midfielder, He has played in 6 different positions in the middle of the pitch. During his career, Donny Van de Beek has played 147 games as a Central-midfielder, 88 games as an attacking midfielder, and 26 games as a defending midfielder.

Donny Van de Beek market value is at 44 million Euros. He is ranked number 44 among Midfielders in the football world. He is under contracts with Manchester United till the end of June 2025.


Donny Van de Beek is considered as one of the most promising midfielders of the football world at the moment. He has been praised by his coaches for his tactical intelligence as well as his quality .both as a central midfielder and as an attacking midfielder

Van de Beek received praise from many footballing figures for his amazing performances in the 2018-19 season. Below are some of the best quotes from football's greatest figures on Donny Van de Beek:

“Donny is bright, he sees space and sees the ball, and where it is going to land in the box, and that is what he is going to give us. That is why we have signed him, He has a great attitude and energy, one of the better ones I know for finding space and sniffing out space. He has that knack of finding the right areas in the box." (Ole Gunnar Solskjaer)

“Dennis Bergkamp started talking enthusiastically about a talent in his youth team. It was a boy who reminded Dennis of himself at that age. That was the signal for me to keep an eye on that guy. That was Donny.” (Frank de Boer)

Goal Celebration

Donny Van de Beek does not have a unique celebration and had celebrated his goals differently. However he had two memorable goal celebration during the 2018-19 season with Ajax which instantly became internet trends. Van de Beek celebrated both of his goals against Tottenham (first leg of the semi-final) and


(First leg of the quarter finals) by screaming at the ball before it even reach the net. That how sure he was of scoring those two memorable goals.

Donny Van de Beek outside football

Van de Beek is a family man and he has admitted in interviews that he prefers to spend his leisure time with his family.Donny Van de Beek is active regularly on social media. His Instagram account is


. He has around 2.2 million followers on Instagram. He is also a fan of tattoo culture and has a tattoo of a hand with the word "Blessed", written below it on the back of his right leg.

Donny Van de Beek's best friend was his former teammate at Ajax Academy, Abdelhak Nouri, whose career ended when he suffered a brain damage in a friendly match in 2017 and which sent him into coma for almost two years.

Donny Van de Beek's nickname, Maradonny, which was given to him by Abdelhak Nouri because he saw Donny's technical abilities very similar to Diego Maradona. After signing for Manchester United, Van de Beek chose to wear the number 34 shirt as a tribute to Nouri. Van de Beek once talked about his friendship with Nouri and the impact of his illness on his in an interview after signing with Manchester United:

"This is a special thing for me because my good friend Abdelhak Nouri… maybe you know the story, he had a heart attack and he’s a good friend of mine and I’m really close with his family and his brother is one of my best friends and I talk a lot with them. So I decided to take his old number on my shirt and I want to get good memories with this number.”

Donny Van de Beek Personal Life

One of the most interesting part of SportMob's article on

Donny Van de Beek biography

is about his personal life. In this section we will have a look at Donny Van de Beek immediate family, love life and children. We will also present you with some information about his philanthropy activities and legal issues.

Family, Children and Relationships

Donny Van de Beek was born at 18th day of April 1997 into a middle-class football-loving family from Amersfoort which is a small village in the Netherlands. His father's name is Andre and His Mother is known as Gerdina. Donny is the first of two kids in his family. He has a younger brother, Roddy who started his career at the same academy as Donny and is following his brother's footsteps.

Donny Van de Beek was in a long relationship with his childhood sweetheart, Marijn Van Eijkenelburn until 2018. Since his break up, Van de Beek has been in a relationship with Estella Bergkamp, who is the daughter of Netherland national team and Arsenal legend, Denis Bergkamp.

Estella Bergkamp was born in Netherlands. She is active in the fashion industry. Her Instagram account (@estellebergkamp) has 100k Followers.

Van de Beek has benefited from having Denis Bergkamp as the father of his girlfriend as it was the former Arsenal legendary forward who advised Donny to move to the Premier League.

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It is really interesting to know if Donny Van de Beek has had any background in humanitarian work and philanthropy.

Donny Van de Beek religion

is Christianity.

there are no information on Van de Beek's involvement in any big charity event. However, He has given some of his jerseys to charity websites.

Legal Issues

While some footballers have certainly gotten into legal disputes with various people and organizations, Donny Van de Beek has had no legal disputes throughout his life.

Donny Van de Beek Career Statistics

In this section, we want to take a look at Donny Van de Beek career statistics both on the club and international level.


Overall, Donny Van de Beek has played 284 games for two clubs during his career. He has registered 56 goals and 67 assists to his name.

Donny Van de Beek best season individually was the 2018-19 Season in which he scored 17 goals and assisted further 13 in 57 games for Ajax Amsterdam across all competitions.


On the international, Donny Van de Beek career stats shows that he has scored 2 goal in 17 games for Netherlands National team. He was also a member of Netherlands U17, U19, U20 and


youth teams and in total scored 6 goals in 38 games.

Donny Van de Beek Honors

We rap up our article on

Donny Van de Beek biography

with a look at his honors and achievements.

Donny Van de Beek reached the final of the 2016-17 UEFA Europa League with Ajax Amsterdam, but lost the award to Manchester United. He celebrated his first major trophy in the 2018-19 season when he won the Eredevise title with Ajax Amsterdam. While his first individual award was the 2015 Ajax Talent of the Future award.

During his career, Donny Van de Beek has won a total of 7collective and individual awards, the most important of them are: Eredivisie: 2018–19 and 2019-20/ KNVB Cup: 2018–19 and 2019-20/ Johan Cruyff Shield: 2019.

Van de Beek has had a successful career with Netherlands youth and senior sides, being the runners up in the 2014 UEFA European Under-17 Championship and the 2018-19 UEFA Nations League.

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