Davy Klaassen (€27 million) (17/20)

Born in Hilversum, a stone’s throw south-east of Amsterdam, Davy Klaassen is an Amsterdammer and Ajacied through and through. His footballing career began aged six at local amateur team HVV de Zebra’s before moving on to HSV Wasmeer after four years at the club. After a year of service at Wasmeer Klaassen was drafted in to the fabled ranks of the Ajax youth academy and never looked back.

Klaassen isn’t your typical Ajax attacking midfielder, he doesn’t have the impeccable technique of Christian Eriksen or the hawk-like eye for a pass possessed by Wesley Sneijder, but what he does have is an abundance of passion, desire and love for the club. During his time at Ajax the fiery midfielder was constantly up and down the pitch pressing players, setting up teammates with his clever one touch passing style, scoring crucial goals with his intelligent, late runs in to the box and, overall, was the heartbeat and leadership of the team, especially after becoming club captain in 2015.

His first team debut came in 2011 as a substitute in a goalless draw away at Olympique Lyonnais during the Champions League group stage. Less than a week later he made his Eredivisie debut against N.E.C once again from the substitute’s bench with his first goal for the club coming in under a minute of gracing the pitch. The goal was a well-timed run into the box with a smart finish, a sign of things to come.

During his six years in the Ajax first team Klaassen won three Eredivisie titles, a Johan Cruijff shield, reached a Europa League final and won both the Dutch Footballer of the Year and Dutch Football Talent of the Year awards before receiving a €27 million offer to join up with fellow Dutchman Ronald Koeman at Everton this summer.

Klaassen once stated he didn’t want to leave Ajax until he was the best player in the Eredivisie. Given all the titles and accolades he achieved along with the countless memories made, especially on the road to the Europa League final, I think it’s fair to say, at least in the eyes of Ajax supporters, he was exactly that.