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Sergiño Dest Biography

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Sergiño Gianni Dest, born on November 3, 2000, is a professional soccer player known for his versatility as a full-back. Hailing from the Netherlands, Dest currently plays for Eredivisie club PSV Eindhoven, on loan from La Liga’s Barcelona. Despite his Dutch roots, he represents the United States national team on the international stage.

Sergiño Dest
Full Name Sergiño Gianni Dest
Born November 3, 2000 (age 23)
Nationality Dutch
Occupation Footballer
Relationship Status Single
Awards IFFHS Men’s World Youth (U20) Team
Organization PSV

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Early Life

  • Sergiño Dest was born in the Netherlands to a Surinamese-American father and a Dutch mother.
  • He began his football journey with the youth academy of Almere City.
  • In 2012, Dest transitioned to the Ajax youth academy.
  • Originally starting as a forward, he eventually found his niche as a full-back as he progressed through the club’s ranks.



  • Dest made his debut for Jong Ajax on October 15, 2018, against Jong PSV.
  • During the 2018-19 season, he made 18 appearances in the Dutch Eerste Divisie, contributing one goal and two assists.
  • He also showcased his talent in the UEFA Youth League with one goal and one assist in seven appearances.
  • Dest’s official debut for the Ajax senior team came on July 27, 2019, in the Johan Cruyff Shield match against PSV Eindhoven, which Ajax won 2-0.
  • His Eredivisie debut was on August 10, 2019, against FC Emmen.
  • By September 2019, Dest was officially promoted to the Ajax first-team squad.
  • In his first senior season, he made 35 appearances and scored two goals.


  • On October 1, 2020, Dest transferred to Barcelona with a contract that included a €400 million buyout clause.
  • He made his Barcelona debut on October 4, 2020, against Sevilla.
  • Dest achieved several milestones at Barcelona, including being the first American to play for the club in La Liga, the UEFA Champions League, and El Clásico.
  • He scored his first goal for Barcelona in a Champions League match against Dynamo Kyiv.

Loan to AC Milan

  • Dest was loaned to Serie A club AC Milan on September 1, 2022, with an option to buy.
  • He made his Serie A debut for AC Milan on September 17, 2022, against Napoli.

International Career

    i>Dest has dual nationality but chose to represent the United States at the senior level.
  • He has played for the United States at both youth and full international levels.
  • Dest made his senior debut for the United States on September 6, 2019, against Mexico.
  • He was part of the United States’ roster for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, where he provided an assist against Iran and played against his birth nation, the Netherlands.

Awards and Nominations

  • Ajax: Johan Cruyff Shield (2019)
  • Barcelona: Copa del Rey (2020-21)
  • United States U20: CONCACAF U-20 Championship (2018)
  • United States: CONCACAF Nations League (2019-20, 2022-23)
  • Individual:
    • 2018 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Best XI
    • U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year (2019)
    • Ajax Talent of the Year (Marco van Basten Award) (2020)
    • IFFHS Men’s World Youth (U20) Team (2020)

Personal Life

  • Dest’s style of play is characterized by his strong attacking prowess, solid defensive capabilities, and excellent ball possession skills.
  • His ability to take on players and his pace are notable attributes that make him a valuable asset both offensively and defensively.

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