Matthijs de Ligt
Ajax stormed into the Champions League semi-finals after ousting Cristiano Ronaldo less Real Madrid and a Juventus side that had him. They were reliable at the back and industrious going forward.
Matthijs de Ligt was a reason for their stubbornness at the back. The youth academy graduate was the captain at 18 and lived up to the billing.
He made his way to Turin after being persuaded by Ronaldo. But it has not worked out for him. Had injuries not intervened, he was set to be a fourth-choice option.