Rio Ferdinand has refused to name Virgil van Dijk as the best centre-back in the world, saying that the Dutchman needs to win some medals before he can be considered among the games best.
Even in an era when the game was awash with top quality centre-backs, Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand was one of the best in the World, forming one of the greatest Premier League defensive partnerships alongside Nemanja Vidic.
However, with Virgil van Dijk currently looking like the undisputed number 1 defender in the Premier League, and many tipping him to win the PFA Player of the Year award, Ferdinand reckons that the Liverpool centre-half should only receive individual honours if he can help his team win some trophies first.
“I’d still put Sergio Ramos there,” Ferdinand told the The Mirror.
“Ramos, when the big games come up, the trophies are there to be won, he’s normally standing there with his sleeves rolled up.
“To be considered the best in the world, you have got to win stuff as well.
“You cannot just play well for your team and sit there as runner-up or coming third or fourth.
“That’s why, when people talk about Player of the Year and you see they haven’t won anything but they are the best player, I am thinking, ‘How? You haven’t influenced a team to win things’.
“You need to be part of a team that is winning to be considered like that.
“Virgil is a fantastic player, potentially the best in the world but, right now, no.
“And I’d think he would agree. Winning is an essential part of winning personal accolades. You have to win.
“If Liverpool win the league it’s legit but it would feel odd if he is the best player and they have come second or third.”
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