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Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk Is The Most Valuable Defender In World Football

Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk Is The Most Valuable Defender In World Football

Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk is the most valuable defender in world football with a whopping value of £90 million ahead of teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold who's valued at £72 million.

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The Dutch defender is worth a massive £90 million which makes him the first defender in history to have a market value of €100 million.

Alexander-Arnold, 20, is the second most valuable defender. He's worth a huge £72 million.

Image: PA
Image: PA

Van Dijk's international partner Matthijs De Ligt is ranked third in the list with a value of £67.5 million.

Manchester United's Harry Maguire (£63 million) cracks the top ten. He cost the Reds £80 million in the summer.

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Image: PA
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Here's the most valuable defenders in world football:

1. Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) - £90 million

2. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) - £72 million

3. Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus) - £67.5 million

4. Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City) - £67.5 million

5. Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli) - £67.5 million

6. Lucas Hernandez (Bayern Munich) - £63 million

7. Jose Gimenez (Atletico Madrid) - £63 million

8. Harry Maguire (Manchester United) - £63 million

9. Raphael Varane (Real Madrid) - £63 million

10. Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich) - £63 million

Van Dijk has performed heroically since joining Liverpool in January 2018 and after winning the Champions League with the Reds last season, he won the UEFA 'Men's Player of the Year' award.

He's also in the running to claim the Ballon d'Or, and Sergio Ramos believes he can pip Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to the coveted individual prize.

"As a defender, it's harder. It seems as though it's not just Messi and Cristiano [now]. It seems there's a route opening [for others]," he said.

"I don't know, but if Cannavaro won it then why not?

"You have to keep the dream you had as a child so that it can happen. He had a great season.

"We always talk about Ronaldo and Messi, but the possibility that another player can win it is a beautiful thing.

"If he wins, I'll congratulate him. He had a very good season."

Is Van Dijk the best defender in world football? Let us know.

Topics: Liverpool, Football News, Football, World Football, Lionel Messi, Premier League, Ballon d'Or, Defender, Virgil Van Dijk

Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.

 

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