Birth Date:26 March 1989
At AC Milan since:2020
After coming through the youth ranks at Danish side Midtjylland, Simon Kjær started off his professional playing career when he had just turned 18. He made an immediate impression and, after only 19 games, was acquired by Serie A club Palermo in February 2008. He played for the Rosaneri for two seasons, winning the Danish player of the year award in 2009. From there, he moved to the Bundesliga, more specifically Wolfsburg, in the summer of 2010, before returning to Italy to join AS Roma on loan for a year in 2012. He then headed to France, where he wore the Lille shirt, before a stint in Turkey with Fenerbahçe followed.
For two seasons from the summer of 2017, Simon donned the colours of Sevilla, but he once again returned to Italy, to Atalanta, in the summer of 2019. After six appearances across Serie A and the Champions League for La Dea, he accepted the call from AC Milan. In his first Rossoneri campaign, he demonstrated his reliability with some strong performances, but it was in his second season that he became a key leader in the team's defensive setup. As of June 2023, he has made a total of 96 appearances in all competitions, with his stoppage-time headed equaliser at Old Trafford against Manchester United in the 2020/21 Europa League last 16 being a standout moment.
He made his debut for Denmark in June 2009 and has since been an important part of the Danish defence, playing in two World Cups and two European Championships and scoring three goals in 113 appearances. His highlight was captaining the team to the semi-finals of Euro 2020 against England; this led him to being nominated as one of 30 players for the 2021 Ballon d'Or award.