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                            Matthijs de Ligt
Ayax defender, Matthijs de Ligt has revealed why he had chosen Juventus ahead of other clubs.

De Ligt said that as a boy, he dreamed of being with Cristiano Ronaldo and he even owned a United shirt with the Portuguese star’s name on the back.

Ronaldo, after Portugal’s win over Netherlands, had told De Ligt to consider joining him at Juventus.

The 19-year-old centre-back has emerged as one of the hottest talents in Europe after a superb season at the back for the Dutch champions.

De Ligt’s current form has brought about interest from across Europe with Manchester United, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain all jostling for his signature.

The defender is closing in on a move to the Serie A giants where he will link up with his boyhood hero.

He has reportedly agreed a five-year contract at Juve and the prospect of playing with Ronaldo clearly appeals to him.

Speaking to Dutch magazine VI recently, De Ligt explained: “It all went quickly, I realise that sometimes. During the season, at the club and during competitions, you don’t really have the time to review everything as a player.

“But sometimes there are times when I realise that it is not normal. Like recently, when I had dinner with some childhood friends.

“We came to the conclusion that I always wanted to be Cristiano Ronaldo when we were playing football in the garden. That was especially in his time when he played at Manchester United.

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“My first football shirt also belonged to him from that time. That dinner was just after the meetings with Juventus, in which I had to fight duels with the same Ronaldo.”

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