Liverpool’s colossal centre half is well on his way to being the best centre back of all time. With many claims to the throne throughout history, we look at five players that Van Dijk still has to prove he is better than in order to be called the GOAT.

Van Dijk best ever? After he bests these greats.

Van Dijk best ever? After he bests these greats. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images,)

Sergio Ramos 

The Madrid and Spain captain has been at the top of the game for a decade. Although Virgil has proved himself a better defender he can’t match Ramos’ goals – the Madrid man has a staggering 84 goals for Real Madrid.

Fabio Cannavaro 

The last defender to win the Ballon d’Or and one of only 3 to achieve the feat. He was named in ESPN’s team of the decade, won a World Cup, 2 La Liga titles and well, nothing with Juventus. The Turin side were stripped of a number of honours following a match fixing scandal.

Franz Beckenbauer 

 

The Kaiser. Arguably the final boss. Beckenbauer redefined the role of a centre half, he was imperious in winning the ball back and carrying it up the field. He won a Ballon d’Or, a World Cup, the European Cup, a scratchcard probably. Inimitable.

Franco Baresi

One of the defining players of the ‘catenaccio’ style that has come to characterise Italian football and make it incredibly boring at times. He boasts 6 Serie A titles, 3 European Cups and the most own goals in Serie A history. Famed for his passing, pace and penalty taking ability, he made the libero role his own.

Alan Hansen

The yardstick for any Liverpool defender. Hansen is the greatest centre back in Anfield history. Compared to Van Dijk due to their commanding presence and composure, he won 8 league titles with the Reds, along with 3 European cups.

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