Nemanja Vidic beat Rio Ferdinand and Virgil van Dijk to the title of the Premier League’s best ever defender

The war will always rage over who is the greatest of all time in the Premier League, but Nemanja Vidic was voted the best defender by the fans.

This year the Premier League celebrates 30 years since the birth of football, or so Sky Sports and the internet would sometimes have you believe.

Obviously, that means everyone gets involved in naming something great from the last three decades of the league, and even Michael Owen is involved.

And it seems the fans agree with Owen, this time rather than his earlier comments, as they voted Vidic the best defender of the last 30 years, with the Manchester United great beating John Terry, Van Dijk and his own partner Rio Ferdinand. title.

The vote took place three years ago, when Van Dijk had just helped Liverpool win the Champions League, beating Tottenham Hotspur in the final.

At the time, the Dutchman was not yet a Premier League winner, although the Reds had already looked transformed with him at the back.

That league win, the club’s first in 30 years, would come less than a year after the vote, with the former Southampton defender at the heart of the victory.

Breaking that duck could certainly take Van Dijk ahead of Vidic in many fans’ eyes, especially since the result wasn’t too crushing in the first place.

Van Dijk celebrates Liverpool's title win.  Image: Alamy
Van Dijk celebrates Liverpool’s title win. Image: Alamy

However, the former England captain took that test before this week as Van Dijk proved he is just as susceptible to poor defending as anyone.

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