It is hard enough to live up to our parent's legacy, let alone former Ajax, Barcelona, and Milan forward Patrick Kluivert who netted over 120 goals in 5 years while in the iconic stripes of Barcelona. Yet his son 18 year-old Justin Kluivert who is plying his trade at Ajax has got all the tools to surpass his legendary father
Upon making his debut at 17 years and 255 days old beating his legendary father by 167 days many may have overlooked Ajax's current number 45, but little did the player, his manager or even his father could have predicted Kluivert Juniors meteoric rise to the top of the Dutch first division.
Justin Kluivert seems to be a supremely talented young man, but can he achieve his goal and surpass his father (Source: The Independent)
Despite his movement through the Ajax ranks switching the U17s to the U19s then to the U23 team before eventually to the first team the teenager has no intention of slowing down. In an interview with the magazine "FourFourTwo" the Dutch prodigy revealed that "The aim is to be better than my Dad;" a tough ask indeed but if Kluivert continues his current form there is no doubt that he could absolutely achieve his goal.
In 28 appearances the now 18-year-old has scored 7 goals and 4 assists so far this season. With his lethal finishing, rapid speed and quick feet it is clear to see why so many top European clubs are circling around the Dutch Under-19 international's signature; some of his outings are in fact so good he draws parallels not from his father but to now PSG superstar Neymar.
One only has to look at his display against Roda JC in the Eredivise where Kluivert netted a hat-trick in a 5-1 thumping of the league's current whipping boys, despite facing the division's lowest placed team Kluivert showed he was more than just "a famous footballers son." His close to feet dribbling, ability to cut inside and interplay with fellow winger Ruben Neres made it a historic day for the young man.
Despite not playing in the 2016 Europa League Final against Manchester United the young man marked out as "the highlight of his career," after the final whistle had blown Portuguese boss Jose Mourinho made a direct B-line for Kluivert leading to speculation that Jose wanted to prise the young man from the Netherlands.
Yet Kluivert has played down rumours that Manchester United wanted him during the summer, he revealed that "he said it was nice to see me again after such a long time because he had known me since a baby" with the ex-Chelsea boss completing his apprenticeship at Barcelona while Kluivert was plying his trade in Catalonia. The forward continued "and he said it was nice to see that I was doing well." Not a comment that the Portuguese boss dishes out all too often these days.
Could Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho could be plotting a Summer move for the Dutch prodigy? (Source: The metro)
Not only has Kluivert caught Jose's eye but a host of Premier League clubs and a whole host of European clubs also said to be keenly watching the Winger's development. Rumours have also recently surfaced that 4 time Ballon D'Or winner and 600 career goalscorer Lionel Messi has tasked with the Barcelona board to gain the signature of young Kluivert; perhaps the biggest compliment in the current game.
While the name on the back of his shirt may seem like a burden, the forward takes everything in his stride. With each passing game it even more apparent that the Kluivert will achieve his goal and surpass his legendary father and make the name his own. That is, if older brother Quincy (20), younger brother Ruben (16) and youngest brother Shane (10) do not outshine the Ajax star, quite a footballing family indeed.