Memphis Depay (born 13 February 1994), commonly known simply as Memphis, is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a forward for French club Lyon and the Netherlands national team. Depay was named the “Best Young Player” in the world in 2015 by France Football. Depay is widely considered to be one of the brightest young talents in European football and the most exciting young player to emerge from the Eredivisie since compatriot Arjen Robben. Depay is known for his ability to cut inside, dribbling, distance shooting and ability to play the ball off the ground. His playing style has earned him acclaim, with fans, media and former players drawing comparison to Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo, who believes “Memphis is one of the best young players in the world”, while Louis Van Gaal, Ronald Koeman, Guus Hiddink, Arjen Robben, Marco van Basten and Wayne Rooney have stated “he will be the best in the world”.
Having risen from significant adversity as a youngster in Moordrecht his former PSV youth coach Mart van Duren, immediately saw an innate quality in him drawing on his work ethic, saying, “I find it understandable that people can be reminded of Cristiano Ronaldo by Memphis… Well, I believe he is going to get close.” Depay began his professional career with PSV, where, under the influence of manager Phillip Cocu, he became an integral part of the team, scoring 50 goals in 124 games across all competitions. During the 2014–15 season, he was the Eredivisie’s top scorer with 22 goals in 30 games, and helped the team win the Eredivisie title for the first time since 2008. He also personally won the Johan Cruyff Trophy for his performances during the season as the talent of the year. He joined Manchester United in May 2015 for a reported fee of £25 million. During the 2015–16 season, Depay had the third-highest shirt sales in the world behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, according to online retailer Kitbag.
A product of the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) institution, Depay has represented the national team at every professional level from early developmental stages under the tutelage of iconic Dutch coaches and players alike. He was part of the Netherlands Under-17 team which won the 2011 European Championship. He made his senior debut in 2013, and the following year was part of their squad that came third at the 2014 FIFA World Cup where he made his breakthrough performances on the international stage. He is currently a member of the national setup for the 2018 World Cup qualification campaign.