The Liverpool defender singled out both Argentinian stars as his most significant tests.
Virgil van Dijk called Lionel Messi as his toughest opponent since the Liverpool defender opened on numerous themes as part of a Twitter question and answer session.
Van Dijk faced off with Messi in last year’s Champions League semi-finals, as Liverpool famously overcame a 3-0 first-leg shortage by triumphing 4-0 in Anfield to reserve a place in the Champions League final.
It was Messi that supplied two goals in the 3-0 win in Barcelona, together with the Argentine finishing Barca’s second following a Luis Suarez shot struck the crossbar.
Moments later, he included Barca’s third, scoring a magnificent free-kick to seal the benefit for the Spanish side.
Although they wouldn’t hold onto that edge, as Liverpool went on to prevail in the Champions League final against Tottenham, Messi’s performance does make him the title as the Dutchman’s toughest competition.
“There are several difficult strikers out there but likely Leo Messi,” Van Dijk said.
But, Van Dijk did select another player as the hardest he has marked as the defender singled out Manchester City celebrity Sergio Aguero.
Furthermore, Van Dijk revealed his favorite career minutes, which featured a trio of expected responses.
“There are a few to mention. Making my debut as a professional footballer, making my debut for the national team, and of course Madrid,” he said.
Van Dijk went to answer a couple of light-hearted questions, showing that Jurgen Klopp would acquire a Liverpool Royal Rumble while adding that Andrew Robertson is the club’s worst dancer.
But he saved his very best jibe for Jaime Carragher, who requested the Dutchman that former Liverpool defender he founded his match on.
“Tough one… probably Sami Hyypia,” Van Dijk replied with a set of crying emojis.
Van Dijk and Liverpool now sat atop the Premier League, clear by 25 points, with most of world soccer suspended on account of the coronavirus.
The Reds have won 27 of the 29 Premier League matches, with a draw against Manchester United and a reduction to Watford making up their only losses of the year.
Liverpool, however, did stumble in cup competitions, together with the defending Champions League winners falling in the FA and Carabao Cups before being removed in the hands of Atletico Madrid in Europe.
Van Dijk has made 29 Premier League appearances for Liverpool, scoring four goals, while he started all eight of the club’s Champions League matches.