The son of the former Netherlands international would love to follow in his father’s footsteps by joining the Catalan giants.
As one of the most promising graduates to come out of Ajax’s famed youth academy in years, Justin Kluivert is already being tipped for superstardom. He features in NxGn, Goal’s list of the top 50 players in the world born or after January 1, 1998, and he is as ambitious as he is talented.
Indeed, Kluivert already has a stellar career path mapped out for himself, which is perhaps unsurprising, given he is the son of former Netherlands international Patrick.
Kluivert’s father announced himself to the footballing world at just 18 by netting the only goal in Ajax’s Champions League final win over AC Milan in 1995.
Just two years later, Patrick joined the Italian giants on a free transfer but struggled to settle at San Siro and was promptly moved on to Barcelona, where he scored 90 times in 182 Liga games, helping the Catalans win the title in 1999.
It will not be a surprise to learn, then, that while Real Madrid ace Cristiano Ronaldo is Justin’s role model, the 17-year-old would dearly love to followin his father’s footsteps. “I look up to Cristiano Ronaldo,” the striker tells Goal.
“But Barcelona is my dream club. Within seven years, I would like to be at Barcelona. But before that I would like to play in England as well. I really like that competition [the Premier League] and I would like to play there.”
Again, a move to England would also mean emulating his father, who spent a season at Newcastle during his illustrious playing career