After spending the last two years at Juventus, Matthijs de Ligt is slowly but surely transforming.
De Ligt is developing from a prospect into one of the best defenders in the world.
The 21-year-old completed a major transfer from Ajax to the Bianconeri in the summer of 2019.
He has been a stalwart in defense ever since.
The Dutchman has been learning from the best, whether in Turin or at the Netherlands camp.
He is apparently taking notes from the biggest stars in the world that he shares the locker-room with.
De Ligt ready for central role at Euros
The former Ajax captain is preparing to play a central role with his national team at Euro 2020.
He discussed the qualities of some of the veteran players that he learned from in a recent interview on TuttoJuve.
“I believe that leaders must set a good example to everyone, always,” he said.
“It’s not how much you talk, but rather what you do.”
“Dusan Tadic can tell young Ajax players that they need to train more.”
“But only when they actually see him training hard himself, they’ll he begin to work even more,” he added.
The center back had only words of praise for his compatriot Virgil Van Dijk.
He also praised his Juventus teammates Giorgio Chiellini and Cristiano Ronaldo.
He also described Gianluigi Buffon as a cheerful person.
“Van Dijk has an exemplary behavior, while at Juventus, we have Chiellini who’s like him.”
“Then there is Ronaldo who always pushes you to win.”
“Without forgetting Buffon who is always cheerful, brilliant and absolutely loves the sport,” he concluded.