Van Dijk's Football Boots
Virgil Van Dijk currently wears the Nike Tiempo Legend VIII, a leather boot favoured by other world-class centre backs like Sergio Ramos, Gerard Piqué, and Thiago Silva. The Legend VIII features a micro-diamond textured premium K-leather that is left unstitched and treated with ACC for a legendary touch in both dry and wet conditions. The leather upper is reinforced by Quadfit mesh in the forefoot and Flyknit tunnel construction for an overall comfortable fit. The boot also has a NikeGrip technology on the sock liner to prevent slippages within the boot itself and a strategic arrangement of conical, bladed, and chevron studs in the Hyperstability plate for reliable multidirectional traction.
Recent Vandijk Boot History:
What Does VVD Wear?
It seems often Virgil gets custom versions of the boots, unavailable to the public with slight modifications to suit his preferences like, he wore a modified Tiempo Legend VII from the Game Over pack complete with the personalisations of his wife’s and daughters’ name Rike, Nila, and Jadi, the Suriname flag, his children’s birth dates, and the Dutch flag. As a key player for Nike going into the future, expect Nike to be creating a signature edition Tiempo for Van Dijk at some point in the future.
Van Dijk had stints with Eredivisie sides Willem II and Groningen and Premier league club Southampton, but he found successes in Celtic as they bag the Scottish Premiership in 2013-2014 season and the domestic double in the following year and currently in Liverpool with their 2019 UCL and FIFA Club World Cup titles. The Balon d’Or last December 2019 was a close one, as he was in the running to be the first defender since Cannavaro in 2006 to win the award but eventually was narrowly edged out by Lionel Messi. Consistently providing a rock-solid anchor in defence and giving more freedom for Liverpool to attack
His defensive prowess comes from a lot of sources; VVD is physically imposing with his 6’4” and wide body frame. His speed is above average for a central defender and has wide strides to cover a lot of ground in a short time. He has a good read of the game and composure to cope up even with the paciest of football players. No less than Lionel Messi himself said that VVD is hard to get past because of the defender’s impeccable timing along with the defender’s athletic attributes. And while his defence is the main priority of the opposition to break, he puts in his stamp in the attack by being a threat in the air from set-pieces.
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