The Dutch defender Virgil Van Dijk is a big fan of the Argentine Barcelona forward Lionel Messi. But on the ground, Messi is the hardest opponent of the Liverpool star. When asked who is the toughest opponent to Van Dijk? The Reds star clearly said the name of Lionel Messi.
However, in his professional career, Van Dijk has faced so many tough strikers. And it seems difficult for him to pick the hardest one. Earlier today, the 28 years old centre-back faced the obvious question. Who is the toughest opponent to Van Dijk? And Van Dijk did not take much time to tell them the name. The player is Lionel Messi. He is the hardest opponent to the Reds defender he has ever played against. Yes, of course, Van Dijk is also considered as one the best defenders in recent time.
In the last season of the Champions League, these two best players in two different positions faced against each other in the semi-final. The first leg took place at the fort of Barcelona. At the Nou Camp, Van Dijk failed to stop Messi. Through the Messi magic, Barcelona destroyed the Reds by a 3 – 0 goal. But at the Anfield in the 2nd leg, Liverpool had their revenge on Barca. They beat Barca by a 4 – 0 an moved to the final of the UCL.
Many football fans and also the football analysts still believe that Lionel Messi is the greatest of all time in the history of football. But, if he is not but still he is one of the greatest of all time, Van Dijk is quite sure about that. Till now, the Dutch national team defender faced some top-rated goal machines and strikers but the hardest among them all is Lionel Messi. At the same time, Messi’s teammate in national side Sergio Aguero is the hardest player to mark on the ground, to the Reds centre-back.