VERY few people would associate Ajax with route-one football – instead the Dutch giants are synonymous with patient build-ups, tactically breaking down the opposition.
But striker David Neres adopted the favoured approach of many a traditional English manager – in order to win over his model girlfriend.
The Brazilian forward, 22, slid into Kira Winona’s DMs – quite literally – and it worked an absolute treat.
It turned out to be easier than he expected to Win-ova the German beauty as he landed a date and took his chance.
And she proved crucial, helping with his transition from Sao Paulo to Amsterdam in 2017 and then as he struggled under Erik ten Hag earlier this season.
In an interview with Het Parool, Neres said: “German women apparently love Brazilian men.
“I found her on Instagram and sent a private message: I am David Neres, come to me. That was enough for a date.
“I was sad and not happy [at Ajax], but I kept working hard and got my place back.”
And the pair have not looked back ever since, regularly sharing snaps together on Instagram.
Winona is also a regular at the Johan Cruyff Arena, where she will be hoping the Eredivisie title ends up this May for the first time since 2014.
SCORING FOR FUN
But the model – who is based in Amsterdam and London – also spends some of her time as a personal trainer.
While Neres is clearly having no problem scoring off the pitch, he is not doing too badly on it, either.
He has 11 goals in 42 appearances – as well as 14 assists – across all competitions this term and his finish at the Bernabeu will live long in the memory.
After Dusan Tadic’s exquisite spin in midfield, he threaded the ball through for Neres who rounded Thibaut Courtois and chipped in to put Ajax 2-0 up.
Of course, Ajax held on to dump Real Madrid out of the Champions League and now face Juventus in the quarter-finals.
The Italian side could be without talisman Cristiano Ronaldo as he continues to struggle with his hamstring injury suffered on international duty.
Neres, though, is relishing the opportunity to go up against some of the world’s best and hopes Ajax can go even further into the competition they last won in 1995.
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He said: “We are not lucky with the draw, we always find a European top team. But now everyone knows how good we are. Juventus too.”
Ajax host Max Allegri’s side on Wednesday before the second leg at the Allianz Stadium on April 16.
And no doubt Winona will be there to cheer on her man Neres.
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