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Micheal Owen Crowns Van Dirk greatest defender of all time

Football pundits are not new to planting controversial topics and comparisons with their comments. Former Liverpool star Micheal Owen has sensationally crowned Dutchman Virgil Van Dirk as the greatest defender of all time.

Owen made his stand known while BT Sport’s pundits were discussing ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash against Villarreal, with Rio Ferdinand saying Van Dijk ‘is the best centre-back on the planet right now, easy’.

Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen took Ferdinand’s commen further when he said: ‘Well I’d go further. I think he’s the best centre-half of all time.’

When probed on what makes Van Dirk better than Ferdinand and others, Owen continued: ‘He probably scored a few more goals, not much, but we’re talking about the greatest here.

‘As I’ve said, Rio was the best centre-half I ever played with. But with Van Dijk, as a centre-forward I look at him and think: what do you do against him?

‘He’s bigger than everyone, he’s faster than everyone, he’s stronger than everyone, he’s brilliant on the ball, he scores goals. I’ve never seen anything like it.

‘The only thing that goes against Van Dijk at the moment – and I stress, at the moment – is his winners’ medals. He’s only won one Premier League and one Champions League.

‘People like Rio and [Paolo] Maldini and [Franco] Baresi and people like that who you might consider the greatest, they’ve all got numerous. So that’s the only thing that goes against him.

‘But as a one off, I look at him and think: how can you get any better than that?’

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