Barcelona (Primera Liga)
#2 | Defender
November 3, 2000 (Age: 20)
5' 9", 137 lbs (1.75 m, 62 kg)
Dest started playing for the youth team at Almere City in his hometown in 2012 before moving over to the Ajax Academy in the same year.
In October 2018, Dest would make his debut for Jong Ajax in a 2-1 loss to Jong PSV Eindhoven. However, he would make a lasting impression throughout the season as he played in 17 games for the reserves.
Dest's progress in the reserves saw him promoted to Ajax's first team, and he went on to make his debut in July 2019 as they won the Johann Cryuff Shield with a 2-0 win over PSV Eindhoven. He then made his Eredivisie debut in August 2019 as he came off the bench in the team's 5-0 win over FC Emmen.
Although the 2019-2020 season was canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Dest would be award Ajax's Talent of the Year award for his performances.
On October 1, 2020, after much speculation throughout the summer, it was announced that Dest signed with Spanish La Liga giants FC Barcelona in a 21-million euro transfer.
Born to a Surinamese-American father and a Dutch mother, Dest was eligible to represent the United States and the Netherlands.
He has played for the United States at the Under-17 and Under-20 levels.
Despite interest by the Netherlands for Dest to play for their Under-23 team, he accepted a call up to the US men's national team, earning his first cap in September 2019 in a 3-0 loss to Mexico.
Dest would go on to commit his international future to the United States.