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The 23-year-old centre-back, signed from Benfica in the summer for a reported £61.64 million [that looks like an absolute steal right now], has been a colossal force at the back since arriving on a six-year deal.
He has come in and forged a solid partnership alongside the much-improved John Stones for the majority of the campaign and as a result, City have dominated in a number of competitions, including the Champions League.
First leg: Limited Mbappe to no shots :x:
Second leg: PSG had no shots on target :x:
Ruben Dias was colossal vs. PSG :lock: pic.twitter.com/5Re7TIKQ5D
- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 4, 2021
After he restricted Kylian Mbappe from recording a single shot on target at the Parc des Princes last week, the Portuguese centre-back was once again a crucial cog in the club's second-leg, semi-final victory.
Dias completed a staggering 100 percent of his tackles and stopped numerous chances from hitting the target during Tuesday night's clash, including three monstrous blocks.
PSG attempted 14 shots against Man City:
◉ x3 blocked by Rúben Dias
◉ x2 blocked by John Stones
◉ x1 blocked by Zinchenko
◉ x1 blocked by Fernandinho
◉ x1 blocked by Riyad Mahrez
◉ x1 blocked by Bernardo
And none of them hit the target. pic.twitter.com/ldY0wv7GWX
- Squawka Football (@Squawka) May 4, 2021
A compilation of his Man of the Match performance against the Ligue 1 champions has emerged after the final whistle and it is quite something. Are we currently watching the best centre-back in world football right now?
Rúben Dias is putting his body on the line for this game with so many insane blocks. I've never seen anything like it before
- :zap::flag_bw: (@Priceless_Silva) May 4, 2021
Dias continued to show maturity beyond his years with a brilliant post-match interview after the final whistle. "When the difficult times come we step up."
"When the difficult times come we step up."
Rúben Dias on Man City's performance in the second leg :speaking_head: pic.twitter.com/lHHOvx33ZE
- Champions League on CBS Sports (@UCLonCBSSports) May 4, 2021
Is he the best defender in world football right now? Based off this season alone, you certainly have to put Dias in the frame.
Let us know your thoughts in the comments,
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