As one of the most talented and promising young footballers in world football, Memphis Depay is much in demand right now. With the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal linked with his signature, there is much buzz surrounding where he will be playing come this summer. One thing we do know right now is which boot company he will be with – Depay has joined Under Armour’s elite athlete roster. The prolific winger, currently the leading goal scorer in the Dutch Eredivisie, starts his multiyear partnership with the brand immediately.
“On and off the pitch I’m always ready for the next chapter in my life,” said Memphis. “I wanted Under Armour in my corner because they will help me elevate my game until I reach my dreams. I’m going to help Under Armour bring the impact they’ve had in American Football, Basketball and sport performance to the football pitch.”
Having just turned 21, the PSV Eindhoven winger was a breakout star at last summer’s World Cup where he became the youngest-ever Dutch player to score in the tournament. He followed his memorable performance on the world’s biggest sporting stage with a stellar season in the Netherlands. Memphis, with his world-class pace and clinical finishing, has established himself as one of the most sought after players in the game. In 2014-15 he’s netted 21 goals in all competitions and leads the Eredivisie with 15 goals.
“Memphis is one of the World’s best young footballers and is a great addition to our brand’s elite athlete roster,” said Peter Murray, VP, Global Brand and Sports Marketing, Under Armour. “His star continues to rise and we’re excited to help him reach new heights with our innovative footwear, apparel and digital training tools. He’s only 21, but has proven that his explosive and fast style of play combined with his unrelenting will to be great gives him the potential to be a game-changer. We look forward to working together with Memphis to inspire the next generation of footballers for years to come.”
For those not in the know, Memphis Depay was with Adidas before jumping ship to Under Armour. Linking this with an earlier post that Adidas had signed Theo Walcott, it seems to me that Walcott was signed because Depay’s deal with Adidas had already lapsed and he was in advanced discussions with UA.