Marco van Ginkel has been named as the Eredivisie Talent of the Year. The 20-year-old midfielder of Vitesse is the 11th player to be awarded the 'Johan Cruijff Prijs'.
Van Ginkel has played 33 league matches for Vitesse this season, recording eight goals and eight assists. He also played four matches in the Europa League qualifiers, in which he was responsible for three of the team's seven goals.
He made his debut in the Dutch national football team on November 14th, 2012 in a friendly match against Germany (0-0). He will also join the Under 21 squad for the 2013 European Championships in Israel next month.
The Johan Cruijff Prijs was first awarded in 2003 as successor to the Talent of the Year award that had been handed out since 1984. Among the jury members were many coaches of this season's Eredvisie clubs, including Frank de Boer (Ajax), Ronald Koeman (Feyenoord) and Phillip Cocu (newly appointed at PSV).
The winners of the Johan Cruijff Prijs since its introduction in 2003: