Memphis Depay Profile
|Born||Feb 13, 1994|
Barcelona and Netherlands forward Memphis Depay has bounced back from a tough spell at Manchester United to firmly establish himself as one of the finest players in Europe.
Depay started his career at VV Moordrecht as a youngster and was picked up by Sparta Rotterdam before moving on to PSV Eindhoven. He had his senior breakthrough at PSV, going on to become a star at the club and attracting the attention of major clubs in England. Ultimately, he signed for Manchester United.
Depay's spell at the Red Devils did not quite live up to expectations and he was eventually sold to Olympique Lyon in January 2017. After shining in France for Lyon, Depay attracted attention from none other than Barcelona, who secured his signature in 2021.
Early years with PSV Eindhoven
Depay moved to PSV aged 12 in 2006 and made his first team breakthrough in 2011. He made his official debut in September of that year in a KNVB Cup second round match against VVSB.
His first Eredivisie match was on February 26, 2012 as PSV picked up a crucial 3-2 win over Feyenoord. He scored his first league goal on March 18 in a 5-1 win over Heerenveen after coming on as a substitute for Dries Mertens.
Depay once again came on as a substitute for Mertens as PSV beat Heracles Almelo 3-0 in the final of the KNVB Cup. He then came on off the bench for Luciano Narsingh as PSV beat Ajax 4-2 in the 2012 Johan Cruyff Shield.
In his second season in the senior team at PSV, Depay made 20 Eredivisie appearances, featuring only two starts, and scored twice.
The 2013/14 season was a breakthrough campaign for Depay as he made a total of 43 appearances in all competitions, scoring 14 goals. The 2014/15 season was even better as he scored 28 times in 40 appearances in all competitions, with PSV winning the Eredivisie.
Bittersweet Manchester United run
Manchester United announced that they had agreed a deal to sign Depay subject to a medical on May 7, 2015.
"Time to set my goals again on winning trophies with Manchester United," Depay posted on Twitter.
"I always say; dream, believe, achieve. I was dreaming and believing of becoming the champions of the Eredivisie with PSV and we achieved it," he said.
"I'm extremely grateful towards PSV and all the fans for believing in me."
"We obviously lose a fantastic player, which is of great value to the team. But PSV grants him this wonderful step."
PSV's sporting director, Marcel Brands, told his club's official website: "We are very proud of this upcoming transfer, which came in a huge momentum.
"Memphis has gone through all the teams of the PSV youth academy and has played an important part in the national title this year.
"He's a wonderful exponent of our training and will make a nice transition to a magnificent club in a beautiful competition.
Depay made his Premier League debut on August 8, 2015, with United picking up a 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford.
On August 18 of that same year, Depay scored his first two goals for Manchester United in a 3-1 UEFA Champions League play-off first leg win over Club Brugge at Old Trafford. He also provided an assist for Marouane Fellaini for United's other goal.
However, the honeymoon for Depay at Manchester United soon came to an end. A Sunday People report claimed that United assistant manager Ryan Giggs warned Depay regarding his lifestyle.
The 2015/16 season was a mixed bag altogether for Depay, who made 45 appearances for Manchester United in all competitions, scoring seven goals. United won the FA Cup, beating Crystal Palace 2-1 in the final, but van Gaal was replaced by Jose Mourinho as United manager after the season.
Depay found himself out of favour under his new boss, and midway through the 2016/17 season, he moved on to Olympique Lyon.
Revitalised at Olympique Lyon
Depay scored five goals in 18 appearances in all competitions in his first season at Lyon. The 2017/18 season, however, was his first full campaign. This saw him rediscover some of his best form. Depay scored 22 goals in 51 appearances in all competitions.
In the 2018/19 season, Depay scored 12 goals in 47 appearances in all competitions. In the 2019/20 season, he scored 15 goals in just 22 appearances.
The 2020/21 season saw Depay link up well with the likes of Tino Kadewere and Karl Toko Ekambi. He scored 22 goals in 40 appearances.
Lyon reportedly attempted to renew Depay's contract, but he refused, instead favouring a move to Spain to represent Barcelona under Dutch manager Ronald Koeman.
"Memphis Depay just wanted a team for himself. It's not a criticism, I had a good relationship with him," Lyon chief Juninho told OLTV.
"But on the other hand, the whole team had to revolve around him and that is very hard. Everyone should feel like they're working the same.
"Sorry, I think that Depay is strong, but he's not at their level. And I think that he has to work harder without the ball."
Move to Barcelona
Depay became arguably the hottest free agent in Europe in the summer of 2021, and on 19 June he was unveiled as a Barcelona player.
His grandmother revealed to the press that Depay had 'dreamed' of playing for the Catalan giants when he was just four years old.
The deal was initially stalled due to Barcelona's financial struggles, but eventually Memphis was officially revealed as a Barca player in July 2021.
Memphis Depay and Netherlands national team
Despite having a Ghanaian father, Depay represented the Netherlands at under-15 through to under-21 level before going on to make his senior breakthrough.
He won his first senior international cap in 2013 and rose to prominence largely through his performances at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, where the Netherlands finished third. He remains a central part of the team.
Memphis Depay was billed as a central figure for the Netherlands at Euro 2020, and he didn't let anyone down.
Depay plays with the name 'Memphis' on the back of his shirt because of his father Dennis' lack of involvement in his life. Dennis reportedly walked out on the family when young Memphis was three or four years old.
Depay has gained attention for his tattoos and his love for writing rap music. He reportedly drank and dealt soft drugs in his youth, but at PSV, he was able to rebuild his life.
Depay, according to an estimate from L'Equipe, earns €90,000 per week in his soon-to-expire Olympique Lyon contract.
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