Please keep an eye on the talented Brazilian – David Neres, as Ajax welcome Juventus in the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday.
David Neres is born on 3 March 1997 in Sao Paolo. He began his football career in his hometown club, joining the Sao Paolo Football Academy in 2007, at the age of 10 years old.
The young forward made his professional debut in October 2016 against Fluminense.
Ajax monitored his development through the youth categories of Sao Paolo and his eight appearances in the Brazilian Serie A were enough for Neres to convince the Dutch giants to sign him in January 2017.
In his first six months in Holland, the Brazilian played for both Ajax and Jong Ajax. He made eight appearances for the senior team, scoring three goals, while also played four games and scored two goals in the Eerste Divisie (second tier of Dutch football) for Jong Ajax.
Neres managed to get 15 goals and 14 assists in his first full campaign at the Johan Cruyff Arena, finishing the season as the top goal scorer of the club.
He established himself as one of the most talented players in Europe with his amazing dribbling skills, great first touch, and excellent close control.
The young Brazilian, who usually plays as a right winger also possesses a great vision, brilliant football intelligence, and top goalscoring ability.
His accelerated development continued over the current season, as the forward has notched up 11 goals and 14 assists.
David Neres played a vital role in Ajax’ run in the Champions League, scoring the second goal in the 4-1 victory over Real Madrid at the Bernabeu and helping his team to cause a big upset and eliminate the reigning champions of Europe on home soil.
He received his first senior team call-up for the Brazil national football team on March 8 and made his debut 18 days later in a friendly game against the Czech Republic. He came in as a substitute in the 63rd minute and provided the assist for Gabriel Jesus’ goal at the late stage of the game.
The 22-year old noted a goal and assist, helping Ajax to secure a 3-1 victory over Eredivisie leaders PSV one week ago. They closed the gap behind the reigning Champions to only two points, with six games to be played until the end of the season.
Neres revealed he already had offers from Roma and Dortmund, but rejected them in order to stay ‘a little longer’ with Ajax.
“Official offers came [from Roma and Dortmund], some rumors too. I honestly wasn’t following closely, but I was in doubt about what could happen. My wish was always to remain in Ajax a little longer because I can evolve and win titles,” he said via Goal.
However, we believe it won’t be too long until we see the talented Brazilian transfer to one of the best leagues in Europe.