Dutchman van Dijk became the most expensive defender in the history of the game when Jurgen Klopp sanctioned a £75 million move for him in January of 2018, and the former Celtic defender hasn’t looked back since.
The 27-year-old centre-back has been absolutely sensational for the Reds and has played a crucial role in propelling his team into contention for this season’s Premier League title.
However, despite van Dijk’s success, Manchester United legend Ferdinand insists he still has a bit to go before he eclipses World Cup and Champions League winner Ramos.
Speaking as a pundit for BT during Liverpool’s 4-2 win over Burnley today, via the Liverpool Echo, Ferdinand explained: “I’d still put Sergio Ramos there.
“Ramos, when the big games come up, the trophies are there to be won, he’s normally standing there with his sleeves rolled up.
“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.”
So, what do you think of the debate?
Has van Dijk done enough to be considered the greatest defender on the planet?
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