A special statistic beckons for Nathan Aké on Saturday when he is in the Champions League final with Manchester City.

In the match against Chelsea, the defender can become the seventeenth Dutchman who gets playing time on behalf of a foreign club in the final battle of the most important European club tournament.

Since the tournament was called the Champions League in the 1992/1993 season, sixteen fellow countrymen have led Aké.

Frank Rijkaard and Marco van Basten were the first in that season;

they lost 1-0 against Olympique Marseille with AC Milan.

Since then, Ronald Koeman, Edgar Davids, Jaap Stam, Clarence Seedorf, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Mark van Bommel, Dirk Kuijt, Boudewijn Zenden, Edwin van der Sar, Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder, Ibrahim Afellay, Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum have also made minutes in the final.

It is still uncertain whether Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will use Aké in the final against Chelsea on Saturday, who had to miss a large part of the season due to an injury to his hamstring.

In the last two league games of the season, the nineteen-time Orange-international, who is fit again, remained on the bench.

In the three matches before that, he was in the field for ninety minutes.

Dutch who played the CL final in foreign service

  • 2019: Virgil van Dijk, Georginio Wijnaldum

  • 2013: Arjen Robben

  • 2012: Arjen Robben

  • 2011: Ibrahim Afellay, Edwin van der Sar

  • 2010: Mark van Bommel, Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder

  • 2009: Edwin van der Sar

  • 2008: Edwin van der Sar

  • 2007: Clarence Seedorf, Boudewijn Zenden, Dirk Kuijt

  • 2006: Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Mark van Bommel

  • 2005: Jaap Stam, Clarence Seedorf

  • 2003: Edgar Davids, Clarence Seedorf

  • 1999: Jaap Stam

  • 1998: Clarence Seedorf, Edgar Davids

  • 1994: Ronald Koeman

  • 1993: Frank Rijkaard, Marco van Basten

Will Aké succeed fellow countryman Zirkzee?

If Aké wins the Champions League with Manchester City, regardless of whether he plays or not, then the defender will be the fourteenth Dutchman since 1992/1993 to win the 'Cup with the Big Ears' with a foreign club.

The last Dutchman to achieve that was not Van Dijk or Wijnaldum with Liverpool, but Joshua Zirkzee with Bayern Munich.

The young attacker saw from the bench last year how his then team won 1-0 against Paris Saint-Germain.

In addition to Zirkzee, Van Dijk and Wijnaldum, Seedorf (Real Madrid and twice AC Milan), Robben (Bayern), Afellay (FC Barcelona), Sneijder (Internazionale), Van der Sar (Manchester United), Van Bronckhorst, Van Bommel ( both Barcelona), Jaap Stam, Jordi Cruijff and Raimond van der Gouw (all Manchester United) in recent years the prestigious prize in foreign service.

The Champions League final between Manchester City and the Chelsea of ​​Moroccan international Hakim Ziyech starts on Saturday at 9 p.m. and will be played in Estádio do Dragão in Porto.

16,500 spectators are welcome.

Arjen Robben decided the 2013 Champions League final on behalf of Bayern Munich against Borussia Dortmund.

Arjen Robben decided the 2013 Champions League final on behalf of Bayern Munich against Borussia Dortmund.

Photo: ANP