Liverpool goal keeper and Super Cup hero, Adrian has said his team-mate Virgil van Dijk “totally deserves” to claim the Ballon d’Or, with the Dutch defender considered to be “spectacular” and on a par with other iconic figures such as Sergio Ramos.
The Netherlands International has been suggested to see a notable increase to prominence recognized with a Golden Ball in 2019.
Following a record-setting move of £75 million ($91 million) in January 2018, Van Dijk produced a wonderful effect on Anfield with Liverpool now challengers in the Premier League title and finalists in the Champions League.
Plaudits have rained on the 28-year-old over the past 18 months, with the recent fresh team-mate Adrian suggesting that the commanding center-half is now one of the best in company and possibly the most coherent performer on the planet.
The Spanish goalkeeper told AS when asked to compare Van Dijk with his fellow countryman, Real Madrid captain Ramos: “It is very difficult. For me they are the two best centre-backs in the world and would make an unstoppable partnership on any team.
“I think that having them in front of them, in defence, any goalkeeper in the world could be very calm.
“I had the opportunity to train with Sergio in the national team. He is number one inside and outside the locker room.
“And what can I say about Virgil that is not already known. He is at a spectacular level. He is a top centre-back.
“There is talk of him being a candidate to win the Golden Ball. For me, he totally deserves it. It is not easy being a defender in the Premier League and he showing that he has a spectacular level.”
Adrian teamed up with Van Dijk when making a move to Merseyside as a free agent over the summer.