Asked to select between the two Premier League greats, the World Cup winner sided with the Liverpool star.
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is a superior player to Manchester United great Nemanja Vidic, in accordance to World Cup-winning centre-back Frank Leboeuf.
Since becoming a member of the Anfield side in 2018, Van Dijk has seen his reputation soar and was tipped as a possible Ballon d’Or winner last year after leading Jurgen Klopp’s side to the Champions League with a well-known victory over Tottenham .
He ultimately missed out othethat accolade, pushed into 2nd place by Barcelona ’s Lionel Messi, who claimed the award for a sixth time, however he was once named the Premier League’s Players’ Player of the Year, notwithstanding Liverpool finishing second to Manchester City.
He grew to be the first defender since John Terry in 2005 to claim that prize, pushing him into the class of all-time great Premier League defenders, a class that Vidic has long resided in after a highly profitable eight-year spell at Old Trafford that ended in 2014.
And whilst the Serb was a very accomplished defender, Leboeuf feels that Van Dijk has the edge.
When asked to pick out between the pair, the former Chelsea man told ESPN FC : “I would go for Van Dijk. I think he is extra complete.
“I cherished Vidic, due to the fact I think he was a dog, and a exceptional defender. But Van Dijk can lead the team and has this outstanding range of passing.
“I don’t think Vidic was succesful of doing that. Hats off to him, though, he was a wonderful defender.”
Van Dijk has again played his section this season as Liverpool have set up a 25-point lead at the top of the Premier League table beforehand of Manchester City and needed only a couple more wins to secure the crown.
The Reds are, however, undecided how the season will end, with soccer presently on lockdown round the world due to the unfold of Covid-19, a virus that has brought whole countries to a standstill.
At present, the Premier League has been positioned on hold till April 3, even though it is surprisingly likely that there will be similarly disruption to the fixture list, with Euro 2020 having already been postponed for a year.