Mikael Lustig has named his former Celtic teammate Virgil Van Dijk as the second best player that he has ever played with.
Controversially, Van Dijk would be the standout player from Lustig’s eight and a half years with Celtic. Although it was an International teammate that the Gent right-back selected as the best he’s played with – as reported in the Daily Record.
The Dutchman, who’s commanding performances for Liverpool have gained plaudits and have him in the running for the Ballon D’Or; however, Lustig reckons that he isn’t the best he has lined up with.
Instead, that title went to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the veteran talisman when speaking to Het Laatste Nieuws.
“The best I’ve ever played with was Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
“He’s so big and strong, but he’s also got that agility that means he can still do things that usually only smaller players can do.”
However, Lustig praised Van Dijk and the qualities that he has showcased since moving to the Premier League.
“But Virgil van Dijk is right behind him. He has everything a defender needs: he’s big, strong in the air and also very quick.
“He gives off this aura of: ‘no striker is going to get past me’. And in the last year at Liverpool no-one managed to.”
Lustig named another ex-Celt in his top teammates, this time Belgian defender Dedryck Boyata. Both Boyata and Lustig left Celtic at the end of their contracts last summer and the Swede reckons that Boyata is up there.
“But you know, I also enjoyed playing with Dedryck Boyata. You always knew what you got from him and I felt very comfortable beside him.”
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