Nigel De Jong wears the number 34 for Italian Serie A side AC Milan. Born on 30th November 1984, De Jong's father was a former International football representative for the Netherlands. De Jong is most notably known for his world class strength, tackling and passing abilities in the central defensive midfield position.
Nigel learnt his trade at the Ajax youth academy and made his debut for their first team in October 2002 aged just 17. The right-footed De Jong was capable of playing in both defence and midfield and was first selected for the national side just over a year after his club debut. In 2005 De Jong picked up the Ajax Player of the Season award. After a decline in appearances for Ajax he joined Dutch teammates Rafael van der Vaart and Khalid Boulahrouz at Hamburg in 2006. He made 66 appearances for the German club before Manchester City came calling in 2009.
The Terrier as he became known, due to his tough tackling and high work rate, joined the Manchester side for a reported fee of £18million. He made his debut for City against Newcastle United on January 28th 2009. De Jong is utilised as a defensive midfielder. During the 2010/11 season he had the highest pass completion rate in the English Premier League of the top 50 players. In 2010 he also helped the Netherlands reach the final of the FIFA World Cup in South Africa.