FIFA 20 Cover Star Virgil Van Dijk Reveals His Dream VOLTA Street Football Team
FIFA 20 cover star Virgil van Dijk would take two of his Liverpool team-mates into battle on the VOLTA streets.
The 28-year-old Dutch colossus will feature on the front of the champions edition of EA Sports' football game to be released on September 27 after his stunning campaign for the Reds.
Van Dijk's defensive dominance led Liverpool to Champions League glory and he scooped the PFA Player of the Year prize last season, too.
Speaking exclusively to SPORTbible at the iconic Fenway Park baseball stadium in Boston, Van Dijk picked his ultimate five-a-side team to feature in FIFA's new street football mode called VOLTA.
With Reds goalkeeper Alisson behind him in goal, Van Dijk turned to another Liverpool team-mate in midfield in Georginio Wijnaldum.
Lionel Messi and Barcelona bound Dutchman Frenkie De Jong completed his street football dream team.
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Van Dijk told SPORTbible: "Wijnaldum is a fantastic player, very underrated, he's very good on the streets and got quick feet.
"My second midfielder would be Frenkie de Jong. He's just had a big transfer to Barcelona and is a very special player."
The 28-year-old added: "My striker would be Lionel Messi because he's one of the best players, if not the best player in the world."
Van Dijk's stellar season could result in him being the first defender to win the Ballon d'Or prize since Italian great Fabio Cannavaro in 2006.
He has already become the first centre-back to feature on FIFA's front cover since Sol Campbell in 2000 and the first PFA winner in his position since John Terry in 2005.
Van Dijk said: "When I found out I was on the FIFA cover it was unreal. I've played FIFA since I was young and saw all these big players on the cover.
"It's good to get recognition sometimes as a defender and I'm very proud. It's not often that a defender comes on the cover and it's something very special."
In a recent interview with Liverpool's official website, Van Dijk was asked about potentially winning the Ballon d'Or as a defender.
He responded: "I can understand the fact that normally strikers or No 10s win these kind of awards because it's more attractive to see. But maybe the time has come to change it."