As featured on NewsNow: Football news

Van der Vaart: Liverpool defender Van Dijk not among world's best

Former Tottenham star Rafael van der Vaart has dismissed claims Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is among the world's best.

Van Dijk, along with Lionel Messi (Barcelona) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), is nominated for Fifa's "The Best" award.

However, Dutch compatriot Van der Vaart does not consider Van Dijk a genuine contender.

"He is not the best player in the world, but he is special," he told Tuttomercatoweb.

"Messi and Ronaldo are the best, but you can't compare defenders with strikers."

About the author

Paul Vegas

Have your say
×

Subscribe and go ad-free

For only $10 a year

  1. Go Ad-Free
  2. Faster site experience
  3. Support great writing
  4. Subscribe now
Launch Offer: 2 months free
×

Subscribe and go ad-free

For only $10 a year

Subscribe now
Launch Offer: 2 months free