The debate over who is the greatest Premier League defender of all time will continue, but fans chose Nemanja Vidic the finest defender.
According to Sky Sports and the internet, the Premier League is celebrating 30 years since the start of football this year..
Obviously, this means that everyone is getting engaged in designating anything fantastic from the league’s last three decades, including Michael Owen.
It’s interesting that the former Liverpool player didn’t include Virgil van Dijk despite having previously referred to the Dutchman as the finest center back of all time.
The Manchester United legend defeated John Terry, Virgil Van Dijk, and his own teammate Rio Ferdinand to win the title of best defender in the past 30 years, suggesting that fans agree with Owen.
When the vote was cast three years ago, Van Dijk had just assisted Liverpool in defeating Tottenham Hotspur to win the Champions League.
Even if the Reds already looked better with the Dutchman at the defense then, he had yet to win the Premier League.
Less than a year after the vote, the team would win the league for the first time in thirty years, and the former Southampton defender would be instrumental in the triumph.
Upon Nemanja Vidic’s £7 million transfer from Spartak Moscow to Manchester United in 2005, his teammates weren’t overjoyed. But the 25-year-old immediately adjusted to the Premier League and the weight room, becoming one of the best defensive combinations in history with Rio Ferdinand, and winning five Premier League championships.
According to Ferdinand, “He became a defender that was feared, He could fight with the most physical, he crunched into tackles, he attacked the ball better than anyone I’ve ever seen. But as he will tell you with a smile, he could also play with the ball too, which made him complete and a great defender.”
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