Maarten Paes is a goalkeeper for FC Dallas in Major League Soccer. The 23 year-old Dutchman is on loan from FC Utrecht, a first division side in the Netherlands. Maarten rose through the academy at NEC Nijmegen into their senior squad before signing with Utrecht in 2018. FC Dallas acquired Maarten on a six-month loan ahead of the 2022 season, and he has quickly established himself as the starter with a chance to make the move to MLS permanent. Maarten has also represented the Netherlands at the U-19, U-20, and U-21 levels.  


Off the pitch, Maarten is very entrepreneurial and a member of the Baller Syndicate. A group of footballers and investors teaming up to invest in tech companies, the Baller Syndicate leverages the profile of its athletes to enhance both their investments as well as their own brand.   

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  • What is your favorite quote? It is not events that disturb people, it is their judgments concerning them. - Marcos Aurelius
  • Are there any moments that stand out as having a significant impact on your career? After being dropped for the 3rd time and everybody wrote me off I came back out of my darkest moments and rose to my highest height so far. Winning in the stadium of Ajax with 0-1 and being c
  • Outside of your profession do you have any hobbies/interests? My hobbies next to soccer are a lot based on business. Every podcast which i listen on my 30 minute drive to the club everyday is about entrepeneurship, stock or real estate. In Real Estate i
  • Who do you look up to as a mentor and why? I don't have a big mentor. I have several persons in life where i took important lessons from. The book Obstacle is the way inspired me the most for sure. Roger Federer and LeBron James are f
  • Is there anything else we should know about you? I started at goalkeeping when i was 15 which is very late. Learnt for 2 years everything by myself and after that i turnt professional. Studied 2 years economics, that is where my own company