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Van Dijk Breaks Record, Becomes Best Defender In History

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Virgil Van Dijk

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has set a new record after becoming the first defender to have a 99-rated card on FIFA.

Van Dijk has been named in the FIFA 20 Ultimate Team ‘Team of the Year’, which for the first time was voted for by fans and gamers.

It means his card has been upgraded to the first ever 99 card for a defender – with 99 for defence, 98 physical, 92 passing and 90 dribbling.

Even his attacking stats are impressive, with 88 pace and 80 shooting.

Van Dijk made history in 2019 when he became the first defender to be named UEFA’s Men’s Player of the Year. The Liverpool ace was tipped to win the Ballon d’Or but was beaten in the voting by Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

It came during a stellar year for the Dutchman, during which his ultra-consistent performances helped Liverpool win the Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup.

Van Dijk responded to the accolade on Twitter , saying: “What a year, what an honour. Thank you for voting me into the @EASPORTSFIFA Team of the Year.”

Van Dijk is joined in the FUT Team of the Year by his Reds team-mates Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Andrew Robertson, with Juventus centre-back Matthijs de Ligt the only non-Liverpool defender.

Sadio Mane also made the team, meaning Liverpool players dominated the vote.

The only area of the team without Liverpool is midfield, which features Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante, Frenkie de Jong of Barcelona and Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne.

Up front alongside Mane are PSG star Kylian Mbappe, who has been linked with interest from Liverpool, and Messi – meaning there was no place in the team for Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo .

Credit: Mirror

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