|Full Name||Virgil van Dijk|
|Date of Birth||July 8, 1991|
|Birth Place||Breda, Netherlands|
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Debut||May 1, 2011|
Virgil van Dijk is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a center-back for the Netherlands national team and Premier League side Liverpool FC. He is known for his aerial prowess, skills from dead-ball situations, and strong leadership qualities and is regarded as one of the best defenders in the world.
Virgil van Dijk was born on July 8, 1991, in Breda, a city in the southern part of the Netherlands. Van Dijk started playing football at the local amateur club WDS'19, and later joined the youth academy of Willem II Tilburg, a professional football club in the Netherlands.
As a youngster, Van Dijk played in various positions on the field, including as a striker and midfielder. However, he eventually settled as a center-back, where he found his true calling. He showed great promise as a young player and was eventually scouted by FC Groningen, a professional football club in the Netherlands, where he started his professional career.
He made his professional debut for FC Groningen in 2011 and quickly established himself as a key player in the team. Van Dijk played for two seasons at Groningen, making 66 appearances and scoring 7 goals.
In 2013, van Dijk signed for Scottish club Celtic, where he played for two and a half seasons. He quickly became a fan favorite and a key player for Celtic, helping the team win two Scottish Premiership titles, one Scottish Cup, and one Scottish League Cup. During his time at Celtic, van Dijk was named the Scottish Professional Football League Player of the Year in the 2014-15 season.
In 2015, van Dijk signed for English Premier League club Southampton, where he played for two seasons. He made 68 appearances for the club and was named the club's Player of the Year in the 2015-16 season.
In January 2018, van Dijk joined Liverpool in a record-breaking deal of £75 million. He quickly established himself as a key player for Liverpool and played a vital role in the team's success in the following seasons. Van Dijk helped Liverpool win the UEFA Champions League in 2019 and the Premier League title in 2020, their first in 30 years.
Since then, he has made 212 appearances for the Reds, scoring 19 goals. He has established himself as one of the best defenders in the world and has been named to the UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season and the PFA Team of the Year multiple times.
He made his debut for the Netherlands in a friendly match against Kazakhstan on October 10, 2015. Van Dijk has since become a key player for the Netherlands, playing a vital role in their defense. He helped the team reach the final of the UEFA Nations League in 2019, where they were defeated by Portugal. Van Dijk was named the Player of the Match in the semi-final against England.
He was also a member of the Netherlands squad that reached the Euro 2020 round of 16, where they were eliminated by the Czech Republic. However, he was unable to play in the tournament due to an injury he sustained earlier in the season.
He currently captains the squad and has made 54 appearances for his nation, scoring six goals.
In the 2018-19 season, van Dijk helped Liverpool keep 20 clean sheets in the Premier League, breaking the club's previous record of 18.
Van Dijk was named the UEFA Men's Player of the Year for the 2018-19 season, becoming the first defender to win the award.
Van Dijk won 23 consecutive Premier League matches between January and October 2019, a record for a single player.
Van Dijk became the fastest Liverpool player to reach 50 Premier League wins, achieving this feat in 61 games.
|Celtic||Scottish Premiership: 2013–14, 2014–15|
|Scottish League Cup: 2014–15|
|Liverpool||Premier League: 2019–20|
|FA Cup: 2021–22|
|EFL Cup: 2021–22|
|FA Community Shield: 2022|
|UEFA Champions League: 2018–19|
|UEFA Super Cup: 2019|
|FIFA Club World Cup: 2019|
|Individual||PFA Players' Player of the Year: 2018–19|
|PFA Team of the Year: 2018–19 Premier League, 2019–20 Premier League, 2021–22 Premier League|
|PFA Player of the Month: November 2018|
|Premier League Player of the Season: 2018–19|
|Premier League Player of the Month: December 2018|
|Alan Hardaker Trophy: 2022|
|UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award: 2018–19|
|UEFA Champions League Defender of the Season: 2018–19|
|UEFA Team of the Year: 2018, 2019, 2020|
|UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20|
|UEFA Champions League Team of the Season: 2021–22|
|UEFA Nations League Finals Team of the Tournament: 2019|
|Liverpool Fans' Player of the Season Award: 2018–19|
|Southampton Player of the Season: 2015–16|
|PFA Scotland Team of the Year: 2013–14, 2014–15|
|Celtic Players' Player of the Year: 2013–14|
|FIFA FIFPRO World 11: 2019, 2020, 2022|
|IFFHS Men's World Team: 2019, 2020, 2022|
|IFFHS World Team of the Decade: 2011–2020|
|IFFHS UEFA Team of the Decade: 2011–2020|
Outside of football, Van Dijk enjoys spending time with his family, playing video games, and listening to music. He is also known to be a big fan of NBA basketball and has expressed interest in attending games in the United States.
He is involved in several charitable initiatives, including the Liverpool FC Foundation and the Dutch charity "Kinderen Kankervrij" (Children Cancer-Free). He has also supported the fight against COVID-19 by donating funds to local hospitals in the Netherlands.
As of 2023, his net worth is estimated to be around $30 million.
Virgil van Dijk's parents are Ron van Dijk and Ruby van Dijk. He has three siblings, including a younger brother named Jordan who is also a professional football player. He commonly uses only his first name on the kit which is due to a family feud with his father, who abandoned his family during Virgil's childhood.
Van Dijk is married to his long-time girlfriend Rike Nooitgedagt, and the couple has two children together, a son named Jax and a daughter named Nila.
He currently lives in a luxurious villa in Liverpool, United Kingdom, however, not much else information is known about the houses he owns.