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Dries Mertens
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Mertens with Belgium at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Dries Mertens
Date of birth 6 May 1987 (1987-05-06) (age 34)
Place of birth Leuven, Belgium
Height 1.70 m
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club Napoli
Number 14
Youth career
1996–1998 Stade Leuven
1998–2003 Anderlecht
2003–2005 Gent
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Gent 0 (0)
2005–2006 → Eendracht Aalst (loan) 14 (4)
2006–2007 → AGOVV (loan) 35 (2)
2007–2009 AGOVV 73 (28)
2009–2011 Utrecht 69 (17)
2011–2013 PSV Eindhoven 62 (37)
2013– Napoli 265 (102)
National team
2004 Belgium U17 4 (0)
2011– Belgium 102 (21)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:01, 23 May 2021 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:34, 2 July 2021 (UTC)

Dries Mertens ( born 6 May 1987), nicknamed Ciro, is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a striker or winger for Italian club Napoli and the Belgium national team.

As a youth, Mertens played for Stade Leuven, Anderlecht and Gent, and made his debut on loan to Eendracht Aalst in the Belgian Third Division. In 2006, he moved to Dutch Eerste Divisie club AGOVV Apeldoorn, where he spent three years before a €600,000 move to Utrecht of the Eredivisie. Two years later he and teammate Kevin Strootman were transferred to PSV Eindhoven for a combined fee of €13 million, and won the KNVB Cup and Johan Cruyff Shield in 2012. In 2013, Mertens signed for Napoli for a €9.6 million fee and has since made over 300 appearances for the club. He won the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana in 2014, and was named in the Serie A Team of the Year during the 2016–17 season. In 2020, he scored his 122nd goal for the club, surpassing Marek Hamšík as Napoli's all-time top goalscorer.

Mertens made his Belgium debut in 2011 and has since made over 100 appearances for the national team. He was also part of the nation's squads at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2016, the 2018 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2020, helping them to a third-place finish at the 2018 tournament. In 2016, he was named Belgian Footballer of the Year.

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