As committed as anyone on the training ground, Toby Alderweireld has always been driven to succeed. Since joining Ajax at the age of 15, the Antwerp-born defender has constantly sought to improve his game. The years of dedication have paid off. After spells with Atletico Madrid and Southampton, Alderweireld’s career has taken on a new dimension at Tottenham, where he has become a defensive mainstay alongside fellow Belgian Jan Vertonghen.
A formidable opponent for any forward and skilled in the transition from defence to attack, Alderweireld has made himself indispensable for club and country thanks to his sense of positioning and his consistency. Restricted to the bench initially, he eventually earned his place in the Diables Rouges starting line-up and began stringing the caps together, including four at Brazil 2014. Belgium have another chance to shine on the global stage at Russia 2018 and Alderweireld is determined to make the most of the opportunity.