Chelsea defender says he looks up to Virgil van Dijk and Sergio Ramos

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has said Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos and Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk as the best centre-backs in the world at the moment.

Rudiger was asked to make a team of the toughest eleven players he has ever faced in each position during in an interview with Sky Sports.

Most of the names are quite predictable except for Manchester United’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Liverpool’s Andrew Robertson for fullback roles.

But he said a few interesting points when picking the two centre-backs for his “Toughest XI”.

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He said: “You always look up to those kinds of players because these two centre-backs (Ramos and Van Dijk) are, at the moment, the best centre-backs, so of course you can learn something from them.

“Everyone has their own style of playing, but you can learn from them”

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It would be difficult to argue Rudiger’s statement.

Ramos was one of the keys in Real Madrid’s incredible run in winning four Champions League trophies from 2014 to 2018.

Rudiger also pointed out the threat Ramos poses to his opponents during set-pieces situations.

The Spanish international has now had over 100 goals for clubs and country, including his famous header in 2014 Champions League final against Atletico Madrid.

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Meanwhile, it would not be far-fetched to say Van Dijk’s signing has transformed Liverpool into the domineering side they are now.

The Netherlands international played major part in Liverpool’s Champions League-winning campaign last season and has helped Liverpool to be 25 points clear at the top of Premier League table this season.

His stellar performances almost got him Ballon d’Or award last December as he became the runner-up for the prestigious award.

A Chelsea fan who loves football statistics. Studied sports journalism at the University of Sunderland.