Birth Date:26 March 1989
At AC Milan since:2020
Simon Kjær started off his professional playing career at Danish side Midtjylland when he had just turned 18, after coming through the youth ranks there. 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, which earned him Danish player of the year in 2009. From there, he moved to the Bundesliga, to Wolfsburg, in the summer of 2010, before returning to Italy to join AS Roma on loan for a year in 2012. He gained further European air miles going to France's Ligue 1 with Lille and then to Turkey with Fenerbahçe.
For two seasons from the summer of 2017, Simon wore the colours of Sevilla, but once again returned to Italy, to Atalanta, in the summer of 2019. After only six appearances in Serie A and the Champions League for the Dea, he accepted the call from AC Milan. In his first Rossoneri season, he demonstrated his reliability with some strong performances, but it was his second season that he became a key leader in the team's defensive setup. As of June 2022, he has made a total of 72 appearances in all competitions, with the headed equaliser at Old Trafford against Manchester United in injury time, in the 2020/21 Europa League Last 16 tie, a standout moment.
He made his debut for Denmark in June 2009 and has since been an important piece in the Danish defence, playing in two World Cups and two European Championships, totalling 113 caps and getting 3 goals. 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.