Liverpool’s classification for the semifinals of the Champions League brought a lot of excitement for the Wolrd of Football. The next confront of the Reds will be against Barcelona. This match will create an encounter that will be perfect for the fans. On the English side, Van Dijk is impassible. He has not been dribbled not even once in the Premier League and also in UCL. On the Spanish side, there is Messi, who is… Messi. He is responsible for the biggest amount of dribbles on La Liga and in UCL.
After the victory by 4-1 against Porto, Van Dijk completed a total of 43 entire matches without being dribbled by a rival. The English site specialized in statistics of football, “Squawka”, that made the counterpoint. Lionel Messi made a total of 139 take-ons, in 37 matches for the Spanish League and also the continental league. His average is almost 4 dribbles per game.
For the dribble to count the main thing is leaving the rival behind after doing it. In the case of Van Dijk, the last one that was able to complete one against him was Mikel Merino. It was on the 3rd of March, last year, on a match against Newcastle. This statistic is from another site, the “Who Scored”.
Many believe that Virgil Van Dijk is, currently, the best defender in the world. And his stats are pretty good to make this conclusion, once he hasn’t been dribbled for more than a year. But he doesn’t help the Red only in the defense but in the attack as well. He already scored 5 goals for his team and also gave 4 assists. And Messi is one of the greatest players in football history. The Argentine is amazing and all the world knows what he is capable of.
Barcelona and Liverpool will play the first match at the Camp Nou and the second will be at the amazing Anfield. And all the eyes will be focusing on the great duel between the best defender and the best dribbler of the season.