Memphis Depay is a Dutch professional footballer who is presently a winger for Lyon FC and the Netherlands national team. At 26, Depay is on the best form of his career and is preparing for the Euros. His performances also led him to be named the “Best Young Player” in the world in 2015 by France Football. Depay joined the English side of Manchester United in June 2015 for a reported fee of £25 million. After a disappointing spell there, he joined French club Lyon in January 2017.
Here are some interesting facts about Depay:
1. His debut:
Depay scored twice in his professional debut for PSV against amateur side VVSB in a KNVB Cup match in 2011. Eindhoven won the Cup that season, giving Depay his first major medal. Also, he had joined PSV at the age of just 12.
2. His early life:
Memphis attempted to escape his damaged home by playing football, a sport at which he excelled. His first steps as a footballer were taken at his hometown club, Moordrecht. But it was not the end of his woes, as Memphis Depay’s childhood quickly deteriorated when his mother moved in with their next-door neighbour, contrary to his expectations.
3. Youngest Dutch player to score in a FIFA World Cup:
He became the youngest ever Dutch player to score in a FIFA World Cup at the age of 20 years and four months when he netted against Australia in the group stage.
4. He is considered greedy on the field:
Many may consider him greedy after providing just three assists in the Dutch league all season, while he averages 5.4 shots per game or once every 16 minutes.
5. Meaning behind his tattoo:
He has a tattoo of his granddad that spans his entire chest. Depay stated: “That man gave me a lot of courage and took excellent care of me. At that moment, I told myself, “I’ve got to go for it.” I know exactly where I want to go, and it is to the top.”
Currently, Memphis is preparing for the Euros with the Netherlands and hopes to bring the trophy home. He’s rumoured to make a move to FC Barcelona for free before the Euros start. Imagine Depay, Messi, and Griezmann linking up ahead. Depay received many offers but is adamant about moving to Barcelona because of his relationship with club manager Ronald Koeman.