Vincent Kompany rates Van Dijk as the greatest ever Premier League defender

Vincent Kompany rates Van Dijk as the greatest ever Premier League defender

- Vincent Kompany has rated Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk as the best defender ever in the Premier League

- Kompany explained that he cherishes Van Dijk's games for the past few years

- The Belgium football star is expected to be honored with a statue at Manchester City

Manchester City legend Vincent Kompany has ranked Liverpool star Virgil Van Dijk as the best defender ever in the history of the Premier League.

Since Virgil Van Dijk joined Liverpool from Southampton, the Dutchman has turned the Reds' defense to one of most feared in the world.

Last season in the Champions League, the likes of Lionel Messi, Suarez, Harry Kane and Dele Alli failed to go pass the agile defender.

Van Dijk has also been tipped to be the next Ballon d'Or winner, and if he wins, then he will become the first defender to do so in 13 years.

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Fabio Cannavaro was the last man to achieve that feat after Italy's World Cup triumph in 2006.

"I would bring it back to Virgil van Dijk, he’s not been on the scene as long as John Terry, Rio Ferdinand who have been around for a long time but the signs he’s shown in the last few years.

"He's shown if he had been around longer he’d have been at the top for a long time.

"The Liverpool before Van Dijk and after are a completely different setup. I’ll give him that one,'' Kompany was quoted by Goal.

Meanwhile, Manchester City are planning to build a statue of Vincent Kompany outside the Etihad stadium to honor the Belgian football star.

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The Premier League champions have renamed a road at their City Football Academy in honor of Vincent Kompany.

Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Virgil Van Dijk became a surprise summer target for Real Madrid and the Spanish giants are looking to tempt the Liverpool star to the Bernabeu.

The one-time most expensive defender is now rated as one of the best center-backs in the game since his £75 million move from Southampton in January 2017.

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