Ronaldo joins growing list of superstars who have failed to dribble past Van Dijk after Nations League final

CRISTIANO RONALDO has joined the ever-growing list of superstars who have failed to dribble past Virgil van Dijk.

The Portuguese star, 34, helped his country beat Holland 1-0 to lift the Nations League trophy.

Ronaldo joins growing list of superstars who have failed to dribble past Van Dijk after Nations League final2 Ronaldo became the latest player to come up against the wall that is Van DijkCredit: Getty
Ronaldo joins growing list of superstars who have failed to dribble past Van Dijk after Nations League final2 Even Lionel Messi couldn't dribble past Van Dijk this seasonCredit: Getty

But even the experienced Juventus forward failed to get the better of "unbeatable" Van Dijk.

The world's best, including Lionel Messi, Eden Hazard and Kylian Mbappe, have all tried and failed to successfully take on the giant Dutchman.

Van Dijk has come up against some of the best players on the best teams in the world this season, as Liverpool won the Champions League and narrowly missed out on the Premier League crown.

But no player has managed to dribble past him when he's attempted a tackle.

Last month, fans believed Manchester United star Marcus Rashford had managed to get the better of Van Dijk.

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However, it was later revealed the PFA Players' Player of the Year failed to attempt a tackle – and therefore the England man's "success" didn't count.

Meanwhile, Van Dijk has claimed he was not bothered after getting booed by England fans during his side's Nations League final defeat against Portugal.

The Reds star said: “I don't really care – if somebody boos me or boos the team. We're trying to win the game.

"We know we have a lot of support behind us anyway and at the end of the day it's us players who have to do the job – and it doesn't affect me at all.”

Van Dijk went on to admit Sunday’s loss to a Ronaldo-inspired Portgual was a tough end to a terrific season.

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The defender said: “We have to keep our heads up high, recover from all of this, learn from this whole experience, because we have a young group, and make sure we qualify for the Euros.

“I think before this tournament started and someone said we would be in the final, and that we would beat France, Germany, England, I would have said they were crazy.

“We have to be proud of ourselves. We made big progress as a team, in and out of the pitch, so we have to keep going and make sure we qualify for the Euros.”

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