Hakim Ziyech scored the decisive goal as Morocco finished top of Group F and advanced to the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations with a 1-0 victory over Zambia.
After four impressive years with Dutch clubs Heerenveen and FC Twente, Ziyech caught the attention of Ajax, who purchased the player for a reported transfer fee of €11million.
The move saw him make 112 appearances as Ajax won the Eredivisie title and the KNVB Cup, as well as reaching a Europa League final and a Champions League semi-final during his time there.
His consistent high-quality performances quickly made him one of the hottest properties in European football and this soon led to another transfer. On this occasion it was to Chelsea who acquired his services for a reported transfer fee of around £33.3million in the summer of 2020.
In his first season at Chelsea he helped the club win the Champions League, although he did not play in the final.
But the Morocco international found it hard to establish himself as a regular first-team player at Stamford Bridge and in August 2023 he completed a season-long loan move to Galatasaray.
The 30-year-old Morocco international, who joined the club in a £33.3million switch from Ajax during the summer of 2020, has made 107 appearances and scored 14 goals.
Hakim Ziyech and his early days in the Eredivisie
In August 2014, FC Twente, who had just finished third in the Eredivisie, bought the player for a reported fee of around €3.5million. Ziyech enjoyed a stellar first season with the club, scoring 11 goals and creating 15 assists in the Dutch top flight alone.
A big break at Ajax
Ziyech's transfer request was granted ahead of the 2016/17 campaign as he switched from FC Twente to Ajax for around €11million.
In his first season with the Amsterdam outfit, Ziyech helped guide them to the Europa League final. However, a 2-0 loss to Manchester United ended his hopes of a first European winners medal. Despite the disappointing result, the midfielder finished the Europa League campaign that year joint-fourth on the top assist charts, while his first season with Ajax also saw him bag the first of four spots in the Eredivisie Team of the Year.
His second season at Ajax was far less eventful, with the club failing to land a single piece of silverware and also enduring a below-par European campaign.
Things changed, however, in Ziyech's third season in Amsterdam. The club went on a historic Champions League run which saw them eliminate Dynamo Kiev, Real Madrid and Juventus on their way to the semi-finals. Tottenham Hotspur stood between Ziyech and a Champions League final appearance, but despite his assist in the first leg and a goal in the second, it was the English outfit that prevailed. This disappointment was partially alleviated by Ajax managing to win a domestic league/cup double that season.
Hakim Ziyech and Chelsea
Chelsea announced they had come to an agreement with Ajax over the transfer of Ziyech back in February 2020. The reported fee was in the region of €40million as Frank Lampard continued to build his Blues squad for the 2020/21 campaign.
In the following game, Ziyech received his first Premier League man-of-the-match award as his two assists helped Chelsea to a 4-1 win over Sheffield United.
He scored the goal that booked Chelsea's place in the 2021 FA Cup final, but was only picked up a runners' up medal after a 1-0 defeat to Leicester at Wembley.
Ziyech was also part of the Chelsea squad that won the 2021 Champions League, but he didn't play in the final.
With Chelsea having such a large and expensive squad the Moroccan international struggled to establish a regular foothold in the first team.
He made 44 appearances across all competitions in the following 2021/22 season but found himself starting on the bench a large chunk of the time. But he did score Chelsea's only regulation time goal as they won the 2021 UEFA Super Cup on penalties.
Ziyech also came off the bench as Chelsea won the 2021 World Club Cup final.
He only played 24 games across all competitions in the 2022/23 season, again mostly from the bench and was close to a loan move to Paris St-Germain in the January transfer window.
Chelsea's new manager Mauricio Pochettino joined in the summer of 2023 and was tasked with clearing out the club's large squad, and Ziyech was loaned to Turkish giants Galatasaray on a season-long loan.
Ziyech's international career with Morocco
Ziyech was part of the 23-man Morocco squad which travelled to the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Facing a tough group which featured both Spain and Portugal, Morocco put up a strong showing, but ultimately finished bottom.
He was dropped from the Morocco side in 2021 for displaying what manager Vahid Halilhodzic called "poor attitude" and wasn't selected for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
The 28-year-old Ziyech retired from international football in February 2022, but then returned to the fold when Halilhodzic was sacked in August.
Ziyech was included in the 2022 World Cup squad and scored one goal and an assist as the Atlas Lions reached the semi-finals.
Ziyech was born on March 19, 1993, in Dronten. He is the youngest of nine children born to a Moroccan mother and Dutch father. When Ziyech was just 10 years old, his father passed away due to a serious illness.
Reported net worth
Ziyech earns a reported £5.2million a year with Chelsea. This is reportedly twice the wage that the player was receiving at Ajax.
The Moroccan international is a car fanatic and has a Lamborghini Urus, a red Lamborghini Aventador, a Mercedes Benz SUV and a Volkswagen Golf GTi among his collection.