Tomorrow (Sat, April 8) Mat Ryan celebrates his 25th birthday.
The last seven years in the career of Australia's keeper has been nothing short of incredible.
After debuting as a teenager in the Hyundai A-League - and picking up a host of awards - he moved to Belgium in 2013 and immediately made an impact.
There, he also picked up awards with Club Brugge. His displays soon alerted other European clubs and by 2015 he was signed up by La Liga powerhouse Valencia.
In 2017 he was back in Belgium, on loan at Europa League side Genk.
As for the Caltex Socceroos, Ryan was a key man in Australia's Asian Cup triumph in 2015, just six months after appearing at his first World Cup for Australia.
At 25, he's already established as a national team regular and looks set for many more years in the Caltex Socceroos.
Happy birthday, Maty.
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