Ferdinand: Van Dijk is not best centre-back in the world
Rio Ferdinand believes Sergio Ramos is the world’s best centre-back in a snub to Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk.
The former Manchester United and England defender says the Los Blancos skipper, who has won four Liga titles and the same number of Champions League trophies, is a step ahead of the Dutchman for one major reason.
Sergio Ramos holds aloft the trophy and celebrates with the Real Madrid teamGetty Images
“To be considered the best in the world, you have got to win stuff as well. You cannot just play well for your team and sit there as runner-up or coming third or fourth.
“That’s why, when people talk about Player of the Year and you see they haven’t won anything but they are the best player, I am thinking: ‘How? You haven’t influenced a team to win things.’
" You need to be part of a team that is winning to be considered like that."
“Virgil is a fantastic player, potentially the best in the world but, right now, no. And I’d think he would agree.
“Winning is an essential part of winning personal accolades. You have to win.”
“If Liverpool win the league it’s legit, but it would feel odd if he is the best player and they have come second or third.”
Despite Van Dijk being among the favourites for the PFA Player of the Year award as well, Ferdinand is not convinced he should win that prize, either.
Asked if the 27-year-old should pick up the gong, he said: “Virgil? No, no.
“There’s Raheem Sterling.
“Heung-min Son, though Tottenham have not won anything yet, Sergio Aguero, David Silva. Bernardo Silva, by the way…
“It’s difficult if they win the league.”