Frenkie de Jong’s stock in the footballing world has continued to grow since his move to Barcelona.
The Dutchman is already regarded as one of the finest midfielders in the world and the sky really is the limit for the former Ajax man.
But is De Jong’s success simply down to sheer natural talent? No. A part of his current profile is owed to his immense dedication to perfection.
While his natural talent is greater than most, De Jong is never happy with his own performances and is constantly striving for more.
As revealed by Sport, the Dutchman requests videos of his displays for Barcelona in order to analyse them and improve.
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He has a great relationship with the analysts at the club and also requests footage of opponents before a match in order to complete his preparation.
A source at the club reportedly said: “He is never satisfied with what he does. He is a born perfectionist and he demands himself a lot. He has a very special culture about his work and how to understand football.
“He is ready for everything and loves to get up. His speed in the pass is impressive because the efficiency is almost one hundred percent.
“He has an innate talent to direct the ball with incredible precision. When he receives, he already knows where he is going to put it.”
It’s the kind of mentality that will propel him to legendary status at Barcelona within a few years.
The Blaugrana fans expect attention to detail and De Jong seems to already know the club’s style and demands down to a tee.
He’s already a key man at the Catalan club, showing his class both at the base of the midfield and in a more advanced position.
De Jong was also given a standing ovation from Eibar fans during Barca’s 3-0 away win a few weeks back, an honour that few players ever receive in their career.
Oh and he’s also Mr. Popular in the dressing room and has been keen to pass on words of wisdom to the younger players at the club.
What. A. Player!