Matthijs de Ligt made an outstanding showing when he reached the semi-finals of the Champions League on Tuesday night at the expense of Juventus Ajax.
The 19-year-old Dutch international was outstanding in defense and was the winner when the Amsterdammers defeated the Italian side in Turin 2-1 to claim a 3-2 aggregate victory.
This made Ajax the first team in Champions League history to reach the semi-finals after three qualifying rounds. Now they face Manchester City or Tottenham in the last four.
The reality, however, is that the Dutch team will be disbanded this summer as the wealthier elite of Europe are their most talented stars.
Barcelona has already done so, closing a $ 75 million deal to bring Frankie de Jong, the midfielder, to Camp Nou next season.
The next man, De Ligt, is widely regarded as the best defender of his age in world football and admired by all the great European teams.
Manchester United, Ajax, Arsenal, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus and many others have sent scouts to watch him over the last 18 months.
Mino Raiola's youngest diamond, Juve and Barcelona have fought the fight. The latest proposals in Spain are that Barca is ready to collect the World Cup winner Samuel Umtiti to land him.
When De Ligt made his way through the mixed zone in Turin, freshly celebrated in an Ajax locker room with his teammates, he was held in camera and asked by El Chiringuito for his future.
Whether it was possible to say no to Barcelona.
"I do not know," De Ligt replied with a smile and a wink.
When asked when he would announce his transfer to Barcelona, De Ligt remained shy and replied, "Announcement? There's nothing to report."
It is known that a move with his buddy De Jong to Catalunya this summer is the No. 1 of De Ligt.
Ajax coach Erik Ten Hag has already confirmed that De Ligt will remain "zero" in the Eredivisie next season.
But a first semi-final since 1997 – three years before the birth of De Ligt – the Netherlands dream of European fame.
"I can not describe what kind of emotion we have right now," added De Ligt after the game. "It is incredible what we have achieved, we are a team from the Netherlands and show the world what we can do.
"We showed it in the Bernabeu (against Madrid), we showed it against Bayern Munich (in the group stage) and now we have shown it against Juventus.
"But we are never satisfied and the next game will be important too, we'll see what happens.
"There's so much potential in our team, and we're all still young, watching us grow every game."