Sergino Dest Is The First American Football Player To Be Signed By Barcelona

Sergino Dest

Sergino Dest is a professional footballer who is presently on loan from La Liga club Barcelona and the United States national team to Serie A club AC Milan. He fills in at fullback.

Quick Facts

Full NameSergino Dest
First NameSergino
Last NameDest
Birth NameSergino Gianni Dest
ProfessionFootball Player
NationalityAmerican, Dutch
Birth CityAlmere
Birth CountryNetherlands
Gender IdentityMale
Sexual OrientationStraight
Marital StatusSingle
Height173 cm
Weight62 kg
Networth$5 M
Date of BirthNovember 3, 2002
Age20 years

His parents

Dest was born in the United States to a Surinamese American father and a Dutch mother. His father worked for the American government. He has a close relationship with his parents.

He is Barcelona’s first American player.

Dest created history when he signed a five-year deal with FC Barcelona on October 1st, 2020, becoming the club’s first American player. On October 4th, he made his professional debut for the club, becoming the first American to play in La Liga for Barcelona. Not only that, but he became the first American to play in El Clasico and the first American to score a professional goal for the club on November 24, 2020, in a 4-0 win against Dynamo Kyiv in the Champions League group stage.

Sergino Dest

Why he picked the United States over the Netherlands

Dest was eligible to play for either the United States or his natal nation, the Netherlands. He opted to play for the United States and has represented the country at both the youth and full international levels. Dest disclosed the reason behind his selection in an interview with ESPN. He said,

“A lot of people just want you when things are going good,” says one.

According to him, it was the USMNT who assisted him when things did not go well and helped him get through the difficult moment, for which he is grateful. He would not have gotten to where he is now if they hadn’t given him a chance. Every time he felt guilty about not being picked for the Netherlands national team after reaching the last round of selection, he remembered his father telling him that he also possessed an American passport.

Though he was born and bred in the Netherlands and enjoyed living there, he believed the United States was his best alternative, adding that tough decisions must be made in life.

He continued,

“I used to play for their young teams, and I feel quite at home here,”

Dest is a really calm individual

Dest defines himself as a calm individual who constantly attends to his own affairs. He claims that he is constantly resting with his family and friends, or with anybody he can. He is not the kind of guy who wants to be a part of what everyone else is doing. He does his own thing most of the time after training since he doesn’t want to disturb other people and enjoys having his own place to relax.

Sergino Dest

A bit of wisdom that will live on in his heart forever

Dest has been following the counsel of one of the boys he used to play street soccer with. He warned him not to be concerned since stress might drive him to do strange things in soccer. That bit of advice will live on in his heart and mind for the rest of his life. Even now, when someone tries to push him or rush in behind him, he just thinks about it and keeps it in the back of his mind.

Net Worth

His net worth is reported to be in the $5 million range.