Dries Mertens

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Dries Mertens (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈdris ˈmɛrtəns], born 6 May 1987), nicknamed "Ciro", is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a striker or winger for Serie A 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Dries Mertens has received more than 2,695,362 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). Dries Mertens is the 1,123rd most popular soccer player (up from 1,357th in 2019), the 394th most popular biography from Belgium (down from 390th in 2019) and the 15th most popular Belgian Soccer Player.

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Among soccer players, Dries Mertens ranks 1,123 out of 16,923Before him are Eusebio Tejera, Fernando Riera, Edmundo, Michele Andreolo, Marek Hamšík, and Ángel Romano. After him are José Sanfilippo, Juan Bautista Agüero, Gerhard Hanappi, Antal Szabó, Jock Stein, and Álvaro Arbeloa.

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Among people born in 1987, Dries Mertens ranks 21Before him are Lee Min-ho, Arda Turan, Sami Khedira, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Elliot Page, and Marek Hamšík. After him are David Luiz, Julian Nagelsmann, Leonardo Bonucci, Samir Nasri, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Naya Rivera.

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Among people born in Belgium, Dries Mertens ranks 394 out of 899Before him are Joseph Lebeau (1794), Peter Benoit (1834), Ferdinand de Marsin (1656), Bobbejaan Schoepen (1925), Jean Duvieusart (1900), and Raymond Braine (1907). After him are Grégoire de Saint-Vincent (1584), Dirk Frimout (1941), Edmond Leburton (1915), Hubert Van Innis (1866), Princess Amalia of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (1830), and Franky Van der Elst (1961).


Among soccer players born in Belgium, Dries Mertens ranks 15Before him are Marc Wilmots (1969), Louis Van Hege (1889), Romelu Lukaku (1993), Thibaut Courtois (1992), Jean-Marc Bosman (1964), and Raymond Braine (1907). After him are Franky Van der Elst (1961), Wilfried Van Moer (1945), Franky Vercauteren (1956), Raoul Lambert (1944), Daniel Van Buyten (1978), and Erwin Vandenbergh (1959).

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