Daley Blind (March 9, 1990) began his career as a 7-year-old boy in the youth academy of his hometown club Ajax Amsterdam. Daley signed his first contract in March 2007, only a few weeks after his seventeenth birthday. One year later, Daley was chosen as Ajax talent of the year. Daley mostly plays as a left-back, a centre-back or as a defensive midfielder.
On December 7, 2008, Blind made his debut in the first team of Ajax Amsterdam against FC Volendam and followed in the footsteps of his father. Danny Blind – current head coach of the Dutch national team – won the UEFA Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup with Ajax Amsterdam in 1995. In his first season as a member of the first squad of Ajax, Daley played five matches in the Dutch Eredivisie.
Daley joined FC Groningen on loan for the second part of the 2009-2010 season. He appeared in seventeen matches and returned to Ajax Amsterdam for the 2010-2011 season. Daley contributed to two consecutive national championships with Ajax and played in all competition matches in the 2012-2013 season. Daley played his first game for the Dutch National Team against Italy in February 2013. On February 17, 2013, Daley scored his first goal for Ajax. At the end of the 2012-2013 season, the Ajax fans chose him as player of the year.
After the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 seasons, Daley celebrated two other national championships and the Dutch Super Cup (Johan Cruyff Shield, on July 27, 2013). He once again proved to be one of the star players of Ajax. Not only as left-back, but also in a crucial role on the centre midfield. Especially in the Champions League match against Barcelona. Daley was named Dutch footballer of the year and also won the award for Amsterdam footballer of the year. In total, Daley appeared in 143 official matches for Ajax Amsterdam.
Daley played an important role in the 2014 World Championship in Brazil. The Dutch team won the Bronze Medal, with Daley scoring as a starting player in the third place play-off against Brazil.
Daley signed a contract with Manchester United until 2018 in September 2014. He made his debut as United beat Queens Park Rangers 4-0 at Old Trafford on September, 14 and scored his first goal in a 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion. In the 2015-2016 season, Daley acted in almost every match of Manchester United as the left centre-back, alongside Chris Smalling. On May 21, 2016, Daley and his teammates won the FA Cup. Manchester United defeated Crystal Palace after extra time (2-1) in the final at Wembley. Daley already played over 85 official matches in several competitions for Manchester United.