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18-year-old Justin Kluivert did something his dad never could: score a hat-trick for Ajax!

The teenager scored a brilliant solo hat-trick against Roda JC on Sunday.

Justin Kluivert at Ajax.
Justin Kluivert at Ajax.
Image: EMPICS Sport

HE IS SHAPING up to be an intriguing player to keep tabs on over the coming years and on Sunday afternoon 18-year-old Justin Kluivert proved his worth in spades once again with a stunning solo hat-trick.

Ajax enjoyed an easy time of it in the second half against bottom-placed Roda JC with space freely available against a fragile defence which had shipped 23 goals in 12 games so far this season.

Kluivert made the most of it and succeeded in producing an individual display which sheds further limelight onto a blossoming career which only began following his senior debut for Ajax back in January, aged 17.

While the 2017 Europa League finalists got the job done on Sunday, they found themselves 1-0 down against relegation-threatened Roda at the break.

This before a second-half revival inspired by Kluivert’s personal onslaught which saw Ajax score five without reply.

His first featured a neat one-two with Hakim Ziyech before rolling the ball past goalkeeper Hidde Jurjus to make it 1-1.

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The winger next delivered a piledriver from range to double his own tally before he wrapped up the three points and his hat-trick with another curled effort inside the box after some quick feet to beat his marker.

Kluivert’s profile has been helped by his being the son of legendary Holland and ex-Barcelona and AC Milan star Patrick, however the record books show the teenager on Sunday achieved something his father never did — scoring a hat-trick for Ajax.

Kluivert scored 50 goals in 97 appearances for the club during three seasons in the 1990s where he picked up back-to-back Eredivisie titles as well as a Uefa Champions League in 1995.

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