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Virgil van Dijk must perform at the top level for a sustained period of time to be considered better than Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos, claims Liverpool hero Danny Murphy.
Van Dijk is widely considered as one of the world’s best defenders and was rewarded with the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award last month.
But Murphy does not think Ramos gets enough credit for his glittering career for both club and country.
“The perception of players sometimes is based on the personality, rather than their footballing ability, and I think that’s happened with [Ramos],” he said on talkSPORT.
“I don’t hear Ramos being talked about enough [considering] what he’s done in the game and how good a player he is.
“To play at the top for as long as he has; 20 major honours, two European Championships with Spain, one World Cup, four Champions Leagues, he’s played in four World Cups by the way, four league titles.
“He’s probably one of the most decorated footballers on the planet.
“Okay, [with Gerard] Pique at Barca, they’ve been fortunate that they’ve had each other to drive each other on and play together because they are two of the best.
“You know it’s a bit of a rivalry with those two; [Lionel] Messi and [Cristiano] Ronaldo, Pique and Ramos.
“But I think when you’ve played nearly 700 games for Real Madrid, that says a hell of a lot about your personality and your discipline, your talent.
“Eighty-nine goals as well for a defender, I’ve got to add that, 89 goals. And don’t forget, some of them have been huge goals.
“He’s got 21 goals for Spain. This is a player that has continually stayed at the top level.
“This subject, I’m bringing it up because who’s better? Who’s better than Ramos?
“You would choose Van Dijk now, of course, but Van Dijk hasn’t played at the top for as long as Ramos and won what he’s won.
“Yes [Ramos] gets sent off, he can be an absolute pain in the you know what.
“But I bet there’s not many football supporters listening who wouldn’t have wanted him in their team over the last 10 years.”