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Nemanja Vidic Voted As The Greatest Premier League Centre Back

Ryan Sidle

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Nemanja Vidic Voted As The Greatest Premier League Centre Back

Virgil van Dijk might be the best player in Europe right now, but according to the public he's not the best Premier League defender of all time.

The Liverpool centre-back won the UEFA Player of the Year gong earlier this month and is favourite to add FIFA's The Best Men's Player of the Year award too.

His form in the last 18 months since signing for the Reds has led some to claim he's the best defender of the Premier League era.

But in a battle of great defenders on Sky Sports, the Dutchman lost out to Nemanja Vidic after beating some illustrious opposition to get to the final.

In the first round, Vincent Kompany celebrated his Manchester City testimonial by knocking out Jaap Stam, Van Dijk beat Tony Adams, Vidic had a close match-up with John Terry but snuck through and Rio Ferdinand beat Sol Campbell.

The first semi-final saw a battle of the Vs as Virgil beat Vincent. Despite the former City captain winning the Premier League four times he narrowly lost out on the current number one defender in the league.

In the second semi-final it was a case of former partners facing each other as Vidic beat Ferdinand to go through to the final.

And in the final it was Vidic who reigned supreme after five league titles and the Champions League with United and forming one of the best defensive partnerships in the league's history with Ferdinand.

Van Dijk is still only 28 and could yet win the Premier League with Liverpool and add more cup success to the Champions League he won last year.

By the end of his career the former Southampton defender might be considered the best ever, for now second place behind a player as good as Vidic is no disgrace.

Topics: Manchester City, Liverpool, Football News, Chelsea, Manchester United, Nemanja Vidic, Premier League, Virgil Van Dijk, Arsenal, Vincent Kompany

Ryan Sidle
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