Virgil van Dijk Biography
Virgil was born on 8 July 1991, Breda, Netherlands. Talking about his nationality, he is Dutch and his ethnicity is mixed.
He is the son of Ray Van Dyke and Ruby Van Dyke. From the beginning of his childhood, he had a keen interest in football and began to play from the very early age. Virgil van Dijk is a Dutch professional football player who plays as a center back. Currently, he has signed to Liverpool for £75 million from Southampton. Previously, he has played for Southampton, Celtic, and Groningen. As an international player, Virgil has represented the Dutch U19 and U21 team before playing for the senior team.
Virgil began his career with Willem II. In 2010, he moved to Groningen on a free transfer. During his two seasons at Groningen, he appeared in 62 matches and scored seven goals. On 21 June 2013, the Dutch international signed with Celtic for a fee of around £2.6 million on a four-year contract. Furthermore, he made his debut on August 17, 2013. Later, on 9 November, he scored his first goal in a 4–1 win against Ross County. He helped his team to win the league scoring a free kick.
Moreover, Virgil signed a five-year contract with Premier League club Southampton for a fee of £13 million. Later, he made his debut against West Bromwich Albion. In the 2015-16 season, he also became the Southampton Player of the Season. Recently, on 27 December 2017, Liverpool confirmed the signing of Virgil from Southampton for a record-breaking fee of £75 million. The transfer will take place on January 1 when the transfer window opens.
Concerning in his international career, he has already represented Netherlands U19 and U21 level. On 10 October 2015, the 26-year-old made his full international debut in a 2–1 victory away from home against Kazakhstan in a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier. As of now, Virgil has played in 16 matches for the Netherlands senior team.
Being a professional football player, he pockets an enormous amount of money from his profession. Currently, he is the world’s expensive defender and earns millions of dollars. However, his salary and net worth are unknown.
As of now, he has won the Southampton Player of the Season award in the 2015-16 season.
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Manchester City were told to sign Virgil Van Dijk but allowed the defender to move to Southampton instead in 2015. Van Dijk, now a Liverpool player, impressed in his two years at Celtic and was named in the PFA Scotland Team of the Year for both seasons before making the switch to the Premier League.
More progression at St Mary’s led to the 26-year-old becoming the most expensive central defender ever as Liverpool paid £75m to sign him in December 2017. City were interested in the player for a number of transfer windows as Pep Guardiola sought another centre-back to complete his squad. But Van Dijk could already have been a Blue before the manager’s arrival if things had panned out differently.
Ronny Deila, named Celtic manager in 2014, immediately spotted the talent he had on his hands in Van Dijk and realised that he would struggle to hold onto the rising star. Before Southampton wrapped up a £13m deal, Deila told the player that he should be setting his sights higher and informed City that he was worth paying attention to.
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On 27 December 2017, it was announced that Van Dijk would join Liverpool when the winter transfer window opened on 1 January 2018 for a reported fee of £75 million. Former club Celtic would receive 10% of Van Dijk’s transfer fee, due to a sell-on clause placed in his Southampton contract. Southampton claimed the undisclosed transfer fee would constitute a world record fee in football for a defender.
He made his debut for Liverpool on 5 January in the third round of the FA Cup and scored the winning goal with a late header in a 2–1 victory against local rivals Everton. In doing so, he became the first player since Bill White in 1901 to score on his debut in the Merseyside derby. Van Dijk and Dejan Lovren built a strong partnership at the heart of Liverpool’s defence, with the Dutchman being credited for improving Liverpool’s previous defensive issues.
Van Dijk was included in the UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season, despite playing just half of the season in the Champions League, with the UEFA Technical Observers saying that “Van Dijk arrived at Anfield and provided composure and stability in the competition’s knockout stages.” Van Dijk played the full 90 minutes in the 2018 UEFA Champions League Final. Van Dijk played 22 games in all competitions in his first season with the club, scoring 1 goal.
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On 1 September 2015, Van Dijk signed a five-year contract with Premier League club Southampton for a reported £13 million transfer fee. He made his debut for Southampton on 12 September in a 0–0 draw against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.
Two weeks later, Van Dijk marked his third Premier League appearance with his first goal for the club, which came in the form of a header in the 11th minute to put Southampton in front, following a set-piece from James Ward-Prowse in a 3–1 home win over Swansea City.
On 7 May 2016, Van Dijk signed a new six-year contract with the Saints. On 22 January 2017, he was named team captain of Southampton, after the departure of José Fonte. On the same day, he suffered an ankle injury against Leicester City. This ruled him out of the 2017 EFL Cup Final, which Southampton lost to Manchester United at Wembley Stadium.
After a successful 2016–17 season at Southampton, Van Dijk was subject to interest from Liverpool, who apologised to Southampton for an illegal approach for the player after having reportedly made clear his interest in a move to Liverpool. On 7 August 2017, Van Dijk handed in a transfer request to Southampton and released a statement along with it, emphasising his wish to join a different club in the transfer window.
Despite this, Van Dijk remained with Southampton for the start of the 2017–18 season and made his first appearance since being injured in January, coming on as a late substitute in a 1–0 victory at Crystal Palace on 26 September.
He made what turned out to be his final appearance for Southampton on 13 December 2017, in a 4–1 home defeat to Leicester. It was also his last appearance in any of Southampton’s match day squads, as he was omitted from the squad for the rest of his tenure at the club in light of speculation surrounding his future.
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Virgil van Dijk Girlfriend
The 26-year-old is an unmarried man. Currently, he is a relationship with Rike Nooitgedagt. The couple has been dating from the very long time. He has seen many times in the public and media along with his partner. Apart from her, he has never seen with anyone and there is not even a single rumor of an affair. Currently, Virgil and Rike are enjoying their beautiful life and living elegantly.
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Virgil van Dijk Salary
Liverpool FC took extraordinary measures to sign Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk. Over fears it could get gazumped by Premier League rival Manchester City, Liverpool made an emergency flight, broke the club transfer record, and handed van Dijk a wage worth £9.36 million ($12.5 million) per year. Liverpool has additionally handed van Dijk a handsome £180,000 ($240,000) per week salary.
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