A few sights are as satisfying as watching a headbutter descend behind a net. Stuck is a skill that requires good jump, time and coordination. Outwitting world-class athletes is not an easy task, nor does it surpass them.
Having players who can dominate in air duels is a big plus for each side. They offer their teams an extra route in attack, and they also help undo threats from the defense.
Some defenders are usually just as difficult to handle as attackers while attacking or defending set-figures. There are a few defenders in the world who are not only stoic at the back, but can also throw in from time to time with a header.
Without delay, let’s take a look at the top five headlines of world football at the moment.
# 5 Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)
Virgil van Dijk may have cost Liverpool wealth, but its side effect was quite profound. The entry of the Dutch defender turned Liverpool into one of the best sides in Europe.
Although the colossus is behind, Van Dijk can be very efficient on the other side of the field. He is 193 cm tall and rarely manages to find himself in second place in aerial duels. This makes him a big threat from furniture to Liverpool.
Meanwhile, Van Dijk’s huge presence makes Merseysider’s background and good world. Liverpool struggled because the 30-year-old missed most of the 2020/21 season due to injury.
However, he scored five headbutts in the Premier League in the 2019-20 season. Van Dijk’s pace, difficult abilities and ability to play ball and superiority in the air make him one of the best defenders in the world.
# 4 Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
One of the best defensive players of his generation, Sergio Ramos‘departure from Real Madrid left many fans heartbroken. The Spanish international is an aggressive defender who is also a master of dark defense skills.
With Ramos within the area, Real Madrid is always a threat from the furniture. He is excellent at negotiating airballs and in defense. The 35-year-old will go down in history as one of the most dominant defenders of his generation.
His jump, timing and precision in the headers are outstanding. Paris Saint-Germain they will undoubtedly benefit from the vast amount of experience they will bring to the table.