New Real Madrid man Eden Hazard has hailed Virgil van Dijk as the toughest player he has come up against.
The Belgium international completed a £90million transfer from Chelsea to Los Blancos earlier this summer, and will make his bow for the club when they face Bayern Munich on Saturday.
The 27-year old has long wished for a transfer to the Santiago Bernabeu, and he will now finally get the chance to live out his dream when he walks out wearing the club’s famous white jersey.
However, leaving the Premier League meant leaving behind some formidable foes, as Hazard revealed in an interview with Jay Shetty. Despite saying that no one player “scares” Hazard, he admitted that Van Dijk, in particular during the previous season, was tough to play against. Hazard said:
In the Premier League, we have a lot of good defenders – especially this season, [Virgil] van Dijk was on fire.
That’s why he got PFA Player of the Year, I think.
Van Dijk was one of the leading figures for Liverpool last season in a campaign where the club won the Champions League title.
Who could compete with Virgil van Dijk for the Ballon d'Or?
Lionel Messi -6/5
Barcelona’s superstar Lionel Messi is currently second favourite to win the Ballon d’Or (according to SkyBet) behind Van Dijk.
The Argentinian had yet another phenomenal year for the Catalan giants, leading his side to La Liga success.
Cristiano Ronaldo - 12/1
Ronaldo showed once again this year how phenomenal a player he is, succeed in his fourth country in fine fashion.
CR7 led Juventus to Serie A glory once again and he proved why the expensive transfer fee was worth paying for the Turin side.
Alisson Becker - 16/1
Jurgen Klopp was determined to fix Liverpool’s goalkeeping problem last summer and fix it he did with the signing of Roma’s Alisson.
The Brazil international excelled for the Reds and was largely responsible for most of their successes, proving that sometimes it takes spending the big bucks to land the right solution to a problem that needs fixing.
Mohamed Salah - 18/1
The Egypt international experienced his worst season on Merseyside last campaign, which only goes to show how strong his first season was
Salah scored 22 times for the club last season and helped the Reds push Manchester City till the very end, and he has proved how good a gamble he was for Jurgen Klopp to make.