Van Dijk is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for English Premier League club Liverpool and captains the Netherlands national team. Considered to be one of the best defenders in the world, he is known for his strength, leadership and aerial ability. Since 2019 he was named the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year; he also finished runner-up for the Ballon d’Or and The Best FIFA Men’s Player.
Early Life & Career
Van Dijk was born in Breda to a Dutch father and a Surinamese mother. During his teenage years, he combined his time playing at the Willem II academy with a part-time job as a dishwasher. Despite the positional shift and Van Dijk’s physical growth, Willem II’s reserve manager at the time Edwin Hermans believed he had “too many limitations” which prevented him from breaking into the first team.
Career in Liverpool
Moreover, Former club Celtic would receive 10% of Van Dijk’s transfer fee, due to a sell-on clause placed in his Southampton contract. Southampton claimed the undisclosed transfer fee would constitute a world record fee in football for a defender.
Van Dijk made his full international debut for the Netherlands on 10 October 2015, in a 2–1 victory away from home against Kazakhstan in a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier. Since 26 March, he scored his first international goal. And that was to conclude a 3–0 win over European champions Portugal at the Stade de Genève. On 13 October, he scored in a 3–0 win over 2014 World Cup champions Germany in the UEFA Nations League.
Van Dijk features as the cover star of the champions edition of EA Sports’ FIFA video game FIFA 20.
Van Dijk commonly uses only his first name on the kit. According to his uncle Steven, this is because of a feud with his father.
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