AC Milan legend Franco Baresi has paid Liverpool center back Virgil Van Dijk the ultimate compliment.
Virgil Van Dijk has been complemented by many footballers, managers, and experts. But his most recent admirer perhaps knows better than most what it takes to warrant the title of “best defender” in the world.
AC Milan legend Franco Baresi is still held in high regard when the topic of best defender ever comes up for debate.
Baresi spent his entire 20-year career with the Rossoneri and picked up an amazing 25 trophies with the club. On top of that, he led Italy to a World Cup title too.
The Italian is certainly qualified to pass judgment on the Dutch defender, and when he did, there was nothing but compliments for the Liverpool man.
In an interview with FIFA, he was asked about today’s crop of defenders, and Van Dijk was his top guy.
“Football has changed so much in the last 15 to 20 years, not just on the pitch but in how it’s seen, access to information and the role of social media and all that.”
“I think the way in which defenders are seen has also changed over the years.”
“If I had to name names, then the one who really stands out is Virgil van Dijk.”
“He’s shown the quality, character, and strength that a defender needs to have to be a successful leader of a team like Liverpool.”
You’d find few who would disagree with Van Dijk’s pedigree and the level he has risen to since his arrival at Anfield. He has to be considered one of the best.