People At Juventus Laugh At Matthijs De Ligt Because He Doesn't Wear Designer Clothes

Posted Tuesday, May 18, 2021 by sportbible

People At Juventus Laugh At Matthijs De Ligt Because He Doesn't Wear Designer Clothes

Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt says he gets laughed at by people at the club because he doesn't wear designer clothes.

The 21-year-old centre-back, who joined the Italian giants from Ajax in the summer of 2019 for a reported £68 million, has opened up about his time in Turin during a fascinating interview with Dutch outlet de Volkskrant.

He discussed a number of subjects, including what fans are like in Italy, learning from the 'master' of defending Giorgio Chiellini and the influence of Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Dutch international also gave his honest thoughts on the clothes he wears, and the reaction it gets from those at the club.

"I always dress the way I am dressed now. I'm just not a big fan of expensive designer clothes." De Ligt told de Volkskrant.

"I am Matthijs, I am myself and you will not see me going to training in a tailored suit, it's just that simple. My profession is football player. I want to be a star on the field.

"Sometimes I get laughed at [by people at] the club for what I wear, but I don't care. As long as I feel good with my behaviour and how I dress, I am satisfied.

"The most important thing is to perform well on the field, then people respect you much more than when you're wearing certain clothes."

As mentioned earlier, de Ligt spoke about the differences between fans from Italy and fans in his homeland.

"In Holland, the fans are passionate and want their team to win, but it's over once the final whistle blows. In Italy, three days later they are still talking about some penalty that wasn't awarded. They think about football constantly.

"If your team loses against a rival, the fans experience a horrible week and we sense it too."

He also heaped praise on fellow defender Giorgio Chiellini, as well as five-time Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo.

"I've grown so much mentally and feel far more mature since I've been at Juventus," de Ligt said.

"I had to get used to a different style of football in Italy, the way the forwards move. When I was at Ajax, the focus was far more on the individual striker, whereas now I have to look at the zone too.

"Don't always chase the man with the ball, but also keep an eye on the striker who is running into space. It's all about evaluating the best option.

"Chiellini is a master in that sense. He has so much experience, I learned a great deal from him. Defending is an art form in Italy, it's wonderful to be able to show what I can really do here. That was my objective.

"The way Cristiano Ronaldo lives the sport, keeps himself in shape and is so motivated at the age of 36 is fantastic.

"The same goes for Chiellini and even Gigi Buffon at 43. They are all super professional."

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