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The Real Madrid ace has been heavily criticized this season for his lacklustre performances.
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has hailed Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos as a better player than Liverpool centre-back Virgil Van Dijk. The Spanish ace had a lacklustre season in the backline for the Galacticos as they were knocked out of the Copa Del Rey and Champions League and have also fallen down in the race to finish at the top of La Liga. The Reds, on the other hand, have had a productive season so far in the Premier League as well as Champions League, with Van Dijk playing a big role in stabilising their backline.
However, Ferdinand has been more inclined towards Ramos and has said, “I’d still put Sergio Ramos there.”
He added, “Ramos, when the big games come up, the trophies are there to be won, he’s normally standing there with his sleeves rolled up. He is not being shifted at the moment. 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.”
Ferdinand concluded, “Winning is an essential part of winning personal accolades. You have to win. If Liverpool win the league it’s legit, but it would feel odd if he is the best player and they have come second or third.”