AnneKee Molenaar, 19, might be the daughter of former Ajax player Keje Molenaar, but during her youth, she wasn’t particularly concerned with football.
That changed when Golden Boy Matthijs de Ligt, captain of the successful Ajax team of the last season, came to her side. Away from the field, the young couple liked to retire to their new home in Amsterdam… because being able to walk on the streets with Matthijs in no longer easy.
Your father, Keje Molenaar, of course, makes you known at Ajax. Had you and Matthijs met there?
“No, because of many common friends, Matthijs and I have known each other for a long time. Because we were in a relationship for a long time, we hadn’t thought of it before. When our relationships failed, Matthijs sent me a message to see if I wanted to meet and we have been a couple ever since. ”
During the Golden Boy Award ceremony, it was announced that you are together…
‘That’s right. We were already together before that time, but Matthijs then shared the photo that was taken there of us on his Instagram. Because we were both supposedly in a relationship, we initially waited with that. When Matthijs finally posted the photo, he did it consciously so that everyone was aware of it at least at the same time. The reactions that followed were fierce. Because Matthijs himself does not share much via social media, his followers still thought he was in his previous relationship. Our photo together came quite unexpectedly for them; there were comments such as “the moment he wins a prize, he trades in his girlfriend.” Fortunately, after two weeks it stopped.”
“THE MORE FOLLOWERS YOU HAVE, THE BETTER YOU SHOULD THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU SHARE AT INSTAGRAM.”
It seems awkward, such negative reactions?
“Through my modelling work, I know how things work on social media. But the more followers you have, the better you have to think about what you share. Matthijs had warned me in advance about how people can react, but I still expected it would be less harsh. If Matthijs plays a bad game, he can immediately expect a negative response. Fortunately, by now I have gotten used to it and I can handle it.”
Now you are happy here in Amsterdam, but what if Matthijs makes a transfer abroad this summer?
“Then I will certainly go. After two years of doing full-time modelling, I decided that I want to get a more normal routine, so I signed up to study law at the UVA in Amsterdam. Not that I want to become a lawyer, just like my father and mother are, but it is a broad study and that way I can find out what suits me. I have already arranged that I can do my study remotely, which means that I only have to go to Amsterdam once every eight weeks to take exams. In addition to my studies, I can always continue to do modelling work. My parents also think it’s fine that I move house – as long as I keep doing my own thing and not wait all day for Matthijs to come home. But of course, I find it all very exciting. ”
And things can always change last minute in football…
“That’s right, that’s exciting too. With some players, the transfer is announced months in advance, but with Matthijs, it takes much longer. Fortunately, I am a bit used to this because of my modelling work. I can also be called tonight that I have to appear tomorrow at a shoot abroad.”