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Top facts about Ryan Gravenberch, The Contortionist

Here you would go through an engaging ride through some of the most intriguing top facts about Ryan Gravenberch, so without further ado, let's buckle up for the long ride ahead.

Ryan Gravenberch is a Dutch professional footballer who currently plays for the club Ajax and the Netherlands national team. Notwithstanding his young age of just 19, he has already imposed himself as a starter for Ajax and proved himself as one of the best midfielders in the Eredivisie.

By the same token, he has the fifth-best Soccerment Performance Rating this season among Eredivisie midfielders who have played at least 500 minutes.

Beginning at Zeeburgia, he joined Ajax's academy at the age of eight in 2010. And just eight years later, he became the Amsterdam based club's youngest ever player to play in the



Not to mention his progress through Ajax academy as he won academy Player of the Year in June 2018 and just three months later, he made his debut for the senior side at the age of 16, overtaking Clarence Seedorf as Ajax’s youngest ever Eredivisie player, whereas he also featured for the under-19s international.

Likewise, he is naturally blessed with a long-lived slender physique and above-average technique, as it enables him to stand out from the crowd at the time of receiving the ball in the middle of the pitch.

Luckily with these features, he is easily distinguishable for scouts to spot him. In the light of his unique style of playing, he is often called The Contortionist.

More specifically he is able to slip and turn in every position, because of his long legs and pretty handy nature. To put it in a nutshell, the promising midfielder has the potentials to be a great player very soon.

Here we have gathered some of such fascinating top facts about Ryan Gravenberch, if you are interested to know more about him, just make sure to stick around until the end.

Top facts about Ryan Gravenberch you might want to know

As Rayan Gravenberch is currently a core part of Erik ten Hag's senior side, unsurprisingly, the eyes of some top clubs have been attracted to him.

Indeed he does not catch their interest just aesthetically though, since he has exhibited a practical approach to the game that is recognised and appreciated both by coaches and stats-based performance rating systems as well.

Whereas his current contract expires on 30 June 2023, AFC Ajax is quite aware that they have a gem on their hands and are likely holding their breath for commanding a huge price for our football genius.

Among Europe’s top clubs who are extremely impatient to sign him in this summer transfer one can point out


, and that is according to Italian newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport. Chelsea is mentioned among one of three Premier League clubs monitoring the player, who is valued at €35 million by the Dutch club.

With appearing in around 42 senior games at Ajax, specifically in the Champions League, he is arguably mentioned alongside the likes of Jude Bellingham and Eduardo Camavinga when it comes to taking Europe’s best young midfielders into consideration.

According to Ajax youth coach Brian Tevreden, his game have a lot of similarities with Frank Rijkaard as for height and strength, and to Paul Pogba in terms of technique on the ball.

As one of the top facts about Rayan Gravenberch, it is fascinating to mention that he has been linked to Juventus and


in recent months as his stock goes on to grow.

Ryan Gravenberch facts in brief


  • Full name

    : Ryan Jiro Gravenberch

  • Nickname

    : Ryany, Wonder Kid

General information

  • Age

    : 19

  • Date of Birth

    : 16th day of May 2002

  • Place of Birth

    : Amsterdam

  • Nationality

    : Dutch

  • Religion

    : NA

  • Zodiac

    : Taurus

Physical Status

  • Height

    :190.5 cm 6 Feets, 3 Inches

  • Weight: 

    241 lbs (109.3 kg)

Football information

  • Profession

    : Association Football Player

  • Net worth

    : $500,000 - $1 Million

  • Position

    : Midfield

  • Number

    : 8

  • Traits

    : Technical Dribbler

Current Team



Personal information

  • Mother

    : Aretha Ryan

  • Father

    : Gravenberch sr

  • Siblings

    : Denzel Gravenberch and another brother

  • Girlfriend

    : Cindy (rumour)

  • Marital Status

    : Single

  • Hobbies

    : Swimming, watching movies, listening to music, biking

Ryan Gravenberch childhood

Ryan Jiro Gravenberch nicknamed as ‘Ryany’ was born to his mother, Aretha and his father, Ryan Gravenberch (Sr) in the city of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He is the last born in the family of five members as he has two elder brothers as well.

Rayn Gravenberch childhood

was spent raising up alongside his older brother,

Danzell Gravenberch

at his birth city in Amsterdam while a passion of football as their heritage sport has been inculcated in them.

Frankly speaking, he came from a household that eats and drinks football as both of Ryan Gravenberch’s parents used to be soccer players whereas his older brother Denzell was also into football in his childhood.

You might have utterly understood that right from the onset, it was just football or nothing for the middle-class Gravenberch family. Therefore both Danzell and Ryan were delighted to steer their destinies toward their parent's dream.

When he was just right years old, he started playing with Zeeburgia. It was there that he got his first taste in competitive football and found the courage to set his sights on building a professional career in the sport.

It did not take a long time before he followed the steps of his older brother, Danzell to go into Ajax academy. So he began his career still as an 8-year-old child and progressed himself to become a promising Technical Dribbler who is blessed with one of the most speedy rises through the club ranks.

Ryan Gravenberch family

Although he is a Dutch player, from his skin colour, it is evident that his family have their roots from somewhere different than Holland, but he is not African.

In fact, his origin is from Suriname, a small country located on the northeastern coast of South America. But by the time being, the city of Amsterdam would forever remain his real home, therefore he prefers to pursue his football career in his household.

Ryan is very close-knitted to his family to such an extent that he takes them everywhere with him. Here, you would read some top facts about Ryan Gravenberch family members.


His mother is called Aretha and his father goes by the name Ryan Gravenberch Sr. Most interestingly, both of his supportive parents played amateur football as midfielders. Besides his mother hails from Amsterdam whereas his father was raised up in Rotterdam.

What is more, his father has an excellent work history with FA department of one of the business units of ING, in Amsterdam Southeast. And he was among the board of football club Zuidoost United as of 2015 as well.


He has two elder siblings who are also related to football. His older brother Danzell Gravenberch is a professional footballer, but surely he is not as perfect as Ryan.

Danzell is also a product of Ajax academy and at the moment plies his trade in football with

Sparta Rotterdam

in the position of striker. He has also another brother who is not that much known and reportedly is into football as well.

Ryan Gravenberch professional career

In 2010 Gravenberch entered the Ajax youth academy and worked his way up through the junior levels. On 7 June 2018, he was recognized as the best talent in the Ajax academy as he won the first-ever "Abdelhak Nouri Trofee".

He also got contracted his first professional deal with Ajax that same day, which would keep him at the club until 2021. His first professional debut was in a 5–2 Eerste Divisie win over

FC Dordrecht

on 24 August 2018. Besides, his senior debut with Ajax was on 23 September 2018, in a 3–0 Eredivisie loss to PSV.

Not to mention the fact that he became the youngest ever Ajax player to feature in the Eredivisie at 16 years and 130 days, even exceeding over the record of 16 years and 242 days hit by Clarence Seedorf. He also put away his first Champions League goal in a 3–1 win over


in the 2020–21 season on 25 November 2020.

At the international level, he represented the Netherlands U19s in a friendly 4–1 loss to the England U19s on 5 September 2018, just at the age of 16. He was called up to the senior Netherlands squad in November 2020 and made his debut on 24 March 2021 in a World Cup qualifier against Turkey as well.

Having all these in mind you would have got the hint that the world has just started to recognize Ryan, but he has been making waves for a long time now.

Even though his performance defies any sort of praises, we'd be the first ones to agree that he is yet to develop thoroughly. It is preposterous nonsense to even think that someone aged 18 would have completed theirs already.

Ryan Gravenberch net worth

In regard to top facts about Ryan Gravenberch, it is pertinent to note that in June 2020 he got contracted a deal with AFC Ajax that nets him a whopping salary of 520,000 Euros (461,508 Pounds) per year. And this means he earns €1,425 (£1,264) per day and €59 (£53) per hour.

Ryan Gravenberch is referred to as one of the richest Association Football Player and reportedly

Ryan Gravenberch net worth

is $1.5 Million or 225,000 Euros (200,458 Pounds) as he has steadily built his wealth over the years and is sponsored by Adidas as well.

Among the

top facts about Ryan Gravenberch

it is fascinating to indicate that he is subsisting pretty well on wages and salaries he earns from playing top-flight football while as a young and promising prospect, he has more than a decade of sponsorship and endorsements to enjoy. Hopefully, his net worth, which is less than a million dollars is set to soar in 2021.

Ryan Gravenberch personal life and social media

If we take

top facts about Ryan Gravenberch

into account and enter into his personal life affairs, it seems that he is single as there are no photos available of our boy with a lady.

But some have suggested that he used to have a girlfriend called Cindy since once his father disclosed it in an interview in 2018 when our player was just 16.

About his character outside pitch, he is often described as a calm person who is not big on talking while listens carefully and is also almost imperturbable, even in the most stormy of situations.

Besides, he doesn't fancy being in the spotlight though. Yet, he is active on Instagram and has gathered around 195 thousand followers, in case you are interested, you can follow him from



At the times that he has more free times, he would appreciate the lyrical content of Dutch hop scene or binge-watching Netflix. He also takes huge delight in spending quality time with his family and friends, while biking, swimming and pool relaxing are matters of his interest.

Ryan Gravenberch potentials

If we take

top facts about Ryan Gravenberch

into consideration, one can suggest that he is currently making waves through clubs as a future world-class genius and he has drawn many stark comparisons to

Manchester United

’s Paul Pogba in terms of his stature, style and technical skills on the ball.

With his 6ft height and his relatively slight frame, it is self-evident why he is called ‘next

Paul Pogba

’.Yet, Gravenberch is a more deep-lying and defensive product compared to Pogba.

One of the most prominent elements of such a deep-lying player is not only his passing abilities but also his defensive duels. In this respect, Gravenberch possesses the size, strength and long legs that has led him to thrive in such roles.

Much to your consternation, just because he has the tender age of 19, it doesn’t mean he is not able to stamp his authority on games and hopefully, he has succeeded in accomplishing that with even huge admirable aplomb.

With his great presence in the position of midfield, he helps his team a great deal in controlling the game and switching from defence to attack in the blink of an eye.

His youthful exuberance and elegance on the ball give him the benefit of beholding in full flow, hustling and bustling his opponents along with dribbling with the ball to get out of pressure.

His nimble footwork and quick change of feet mean that he is more than qualified to dribble his way out of trouble, even if it is deep in his own half.

Besides, he keeps up great vision both in attack and defence. At the time of defending, it is needed for him to read the game fully and anticipate what is going to happen in the opponents' attack in order to tailor his movements and actions as precisely and proactively as possible.

The Dutch wonderkid has showcased brilliant performmances specifically in cutting, passing lanes and stopping opponents and finding much more dangerous players in between the lines.

While his physical stature is quite outstanding, it is his incredible attributes on the occasion of turning defence into an attack that is fairly impressive and is considered to be the hallmark of his game.

He performs such swift acceleration of bringing the ball out of trouble by making long progressive runs into the middle and final third of the pitch.

He plays at such excellent rhythm and is quite hard to be stopped when at full speed. Players of his age could perform such roles, but they often get panic when it comes to the pivotal aspect of distributing the ball at the right moments to the right players, while the 19-year-old is proficient in playing the right pass at the right time so as to influence the attack.

With his tender age, he has a knowledge and understanding of the game that most players at his age would kill for. And finally, although there is nothing to doubt about his aptitudes and potentials, these alone will not lead him to fulfil his promise.


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