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Nemanja Vidic Was Voted The Greatest Premier League Centre Back Ever

Nemanja Vidic Was Voted The Greatest Premier League Centre Back Ever

Virgil van Dijk is often compared to Nemanja Vidic but the former Manchester United defender beat the Liverpool player to the title of the Premier League's greatest ever centre back.

Van Dijk, who is very unfortunately likely to be missing for the rest of the season through injury, has been considered the best centre back in the world by many for the past couple of years.

His performances for Liverpool, helping them become European, world and Premier League champions, have led some to suggest he could even be the best ever in England's top tier since 1992.

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.

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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.

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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.

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At just 29-years-old Van Dijk does have plenty of time to add to his collection of medals and by the time his career ends fans may well hold him in higher regard than Vidic.

Right now the former Celtic defender will be focusing on his rehabilitation and hoping that he can come back from injury very strong.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Liverpool, John Terry, Football News, Chelsea, Manchester United, Nemanja Vidic, Premier League, Virgil Van Dijk, Rio Ferdinand

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