Ajax have decided to share their latest Eredivisie title with their supporters in a unique way. The club recently wrapped up the 2020-21 Eredivisie championship and will now give an incredible gift to their fans.
The Eredivisie champions secured their 35th league title on May 2nd. Following the win and trophy presentation, the club have melted down the Eredivisie trophy. The melted silverware was then turned it into 42,000 silver stars which will be given to season ticket holders. The special gift is a reward for sticking with the club during the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Ajax chief executive Edwin van der Sar, the season has largely been played without the team’s supporters sitting in the Johan Cryuff Arena. By melting the trophy down and making silver stars, the club are able to share the title win with their supporters.
Although Ajax have melted down their trophy, the Royal Dutch Football Association have given Ajax a second piece of silverware to replace the one that was turned into the 42,000 stars. to put in their cabinet in place of the one they’ve melted down.
The move continues Ajax’s strong ties with fans and the Amsterdam community. Each silver star weighs 3.45g and contains 0.06g from the Eredivisie trophy itself.
“We have really missed our supporters over the past season here in Amsterdam and during all our matches,” captain Dusan Tadic, said .”We, therefore, want to dedicate this title to our fans and can’t wait to play in front of them again.”
Ajax won their first Dutch national championship in 1917-18. In total, they have won the title 35 times, the most of any team in the Netherlands. The club have also won the KNVB Cup on 20 occasions. Ajax lifted the cup earlier this season to pull off a domestic double. The team’s title win this season was just their second in the last six seasons.