Date of birth: 11/12/1998 (16 years old)
Place of birth: Tremelo (Belgium)
Youth career: KSK Heist, Lierse SK, PSV Eindhoven (since 2007)
Current club: PSV Eindhoven
Squad number: —
Current national team: Belgium U-17
Position: defensive midfielder, central midfielder
Preferred foot: right
Market value (by transfermarkt.de): —
Tournaments participated in: 2015 UEFA European Under-17 Championship qualification elite round (1/0), 2015 UEFA European Under-17 Championship (4/0), Otten Cup 2015, 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup (7/3)
Contract until: 30.06.2018
Player’s agent: unknown
Similar type of player: combined playing styles of Miralem Pjanić & Steven Gerrard
– long shots
– set pieces
– physical strength
Style of play:
– creative box-to-box midfielder
– likes to play long balls
– likes to shoot from distance
– likes to orchestrate play with his passing and creativity
– calm and level headed
– set-piece specialist
– very good in combination play
– exceptional precision when passing and crossing
– outstanding vision and extremely accurate long-range passing ability
– often drops deep and is involved in the buildup of plays
– likes to hold on to the ball and assess passing options on the move
– excellent positional sense and an acute tactical ability to read the game
– good vision and comfort on the ball
– high number of touches and passes per game
He is best suited to playing as:
Central midfielder in 4-3-3.
Otten Cup 2015 winner with PSV.
2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup 3rd place with Belgium.
No senior team appearances yet.
PSV Eindhoven academy is one of the best in Europe. In recent years, it has developed very talented players such as Memphis Depay, Jetro Willems and Jürgen Locadia. Currently, the “Boeren” youth squads are rich in many great players, and one of them is definitely Dante Rigo. He joined PSV youth system in 2007 from Lierse. He was one of the key players for Belgium at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup, where young “Red Devils” have taken the bronze medal. He is on the radar of many top European clubs, including Juventus and Milan, but it seems that it would be best for him if he could stay in Holland and play in the PSV first team, which he can achieve soon.
“Holland papers are comparing him with the Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman, even if the 17 year’s old idol is undoubtedly the former Juventus star Andrea Pirlo. The Bianconeri, by the way, are not the only team interested in Rigo’s services as also the Serie A giants AC Milan set sights on him.”
Football Talent Scout potential rating:
Player has potential to become a key player in a top European club.