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Unfortunately Virgil van Dijk chose between Lionel Mess and Cristiano Ronaldo

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has discovered who the hardest participant he has long past up towards is, and it changed into a directly choice among Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.  

The Netherlands famous person had a difficult marketing campaign ultimate season, spending the bulk of it sidelined because of a knee damage he sustained in a Merseyside derby towards Everton early on, and eventually lacking forty five video games for the Reds.

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He has lower back to the club's beginning XI with aplomb this season, though, assisting Liverpool maintain 4 smooth sheets of their first seven Premier League video games of the marketing campaign.

Asked currently who the hardest participant he has arise in opposition to in his profession thus far is, the 2018/19 UEFA Men's Player of the Year had handiest one answer.

"I could say Lionel Messi, he is nonetheless the excellent soccer participant withinside the world," Van Dijk stated in an interview with Sky Sports. 

"Him and Cristiano [Ronaldo] were doing unreal numbers withinside the remaining many years and it is brilliant what they've achieved. 

"But on this case, I will pick out Messi, we had a hard night time at Barcelona [in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final in the 2018/19 campaign]."

The Dutchman additionally had a few phrases of reward for certainly considered one among soccer's brightest new stars.

"[Erling] Haaland is likewise a unique striker, he is strong, he is quick. He's were given all of the attributes to make a defender’s existence very, very difficult," Van Dijk added.

"The first time became whilst he turned into at Salzburg, he scored at Anfield. He become very quick, direct.

"[A] bit like how Jamie Vardy plays, however Haaland is a piece more potent than Vardy." 


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