Lewis Ambrose

VIDEO: 17-year-old defender leads Ajax victory chants

A 17-year-old leading the travelling fans in a chant from the pitch after qualifying for a European final, what a life Matthijs de Ligt is living.

Dutch giants Ajax played their last European final in 1995, four years before centre-back de Ligt was even born.

22 years on and de Ligt, now 17, has started seven Europa League games as the famous Amsterdam club have made their way to through the competition.

The defender has still only started five Eredivisie games but became the youngest Dutch national team player since 1931 with his debut in March. What a season.

As he bellowed to the away fans in the upper tier in Lyon late on Thursday night he gave us a glimpse of something we don’t see a great deal of anymore, especially at the very top: a young player given a chance with a very authentic connection to the club.

Enough to warm the heart of any football fan.