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Head-to-head statistics of Virgil Van Dijk and Antonio Rudiger

Van Dijk is a physically strong, right-footed center-back, who usually features on the left-hand side of the central defense. He is gifted with pace, goo

Head-to-head statistics of Virgil Van Dijk and Antonio Rudiger

Van Dijk is a physically strong, right-footed center-back, who usually features on the left-hand side of the central defense. He is gifted with pace, good technique, and an eye for goal, and is an effective set-piece taker. His performances had subjected him among the best defenders in the world currently, and in this piece, we want to compare his achievements to that of Chelsea’s defender Antonio Rudiger.

Merged Photo of Rudiger and VanDijk.

 

Rudiger is a versatile defender who is also capable of playing as a full-back on their flank. He is a tough tackler and well known for his passing ability and leadership qualities.


 

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Van Dijk won the Scottish Premiership and was named in the PFA Scotland Team of the year in 2014 with Celtic and he also won the Scottish League Cup before he joined Southampton in 2015. He signed for Liverpool in 2018 for £75 million, a then-record fee for a defender. With Liverpool, he successfully won the 2019 UEFA Champions League, the 2019/20 Premier League title, the premier league player of the season, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup.

 

Photo credit:@virgilvandijk || Instagram.

Internationally, he emerged as his country’s captain in 2018, and he scored his first international goal against Portugal in 2019. He captained the Netherlands to the final of the inaugural UEFA Nations League, where they finished runner-up.

 

Photo credit:@toniruediger || Instagram.

Rudiger started with Vfb Stuttgart before he joined Roma for a reported fee worth €9 million in 2015. And later he joined Chelsea in 2017 for an estimated £26 million where he won the FA Cup, UEFA Europa League, his first UEFA Champions League, and UEFA Super Cup.

 

Photo credit:@toniruediger || Instagram.

Interestingly, he made his debut for Germany in 2014 and won the 2017 FIFA Confederation Cup. He featured in the squad for the 2018 World Cup and also took part in UEFA Euro 2020.

 

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