Ajax’s Justin Kluivert wants to be the best and not just famous for his dad

The 18-year-old son of the former Holland striker Patrick will face Manchester United in the Europa League final hoping to match his father’s feat of 1995

Justin Kluivert may have turned 18 only two weeks ago but, as the Ajax forward prepares to face Manchester United in Wednesday’s Europa League final, he is completely unfazed, both about the game and about having one of the most distinctive names in football. “Every advantage has his disadvantage and every disadvantage has his advantage,” he says when asked about the burden of being a Kluivert.

His father, Patrick, was one of the most prolific strikers between 1995 and 2004, coming up with the winner against Milan in the Champions League final for Ajax aged 18 and later shattering scoring records for Barcelona and Holland. “Being his son draws a lot of attention and expectation,” Justin Kluivert says. “It puts pressure on me but luckily I’m never nervous. Well … only when I took my second exam to get my driver’s licence. But never when I play football.”

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