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Virgil van Dijk names Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero as toughest opponents

Van Dijk names Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero as toughest opponents
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Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk names Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi and Manchester City record-scorer Sergio Aguero as his toughest opponents.

Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk has named Argentine duo Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero as his toughest opponents.

Van Dijk is widely regarded as one of the world's best defenders having helped Liverpool to the brink of Premier League glory this season as well as Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup success last year.

The 28-year-old missed out to Barcelona talisman Messi in the Ballon d'Or voting in 2019, and he acknowledged that the six-time winner - along with Manchester City rival Aguero - are the toughest forwards he has faced.

When asked about his most difficult opponent during a Twitter Q&A, Van Dijk said: "There are some difficult strikers out there but probably Leo Messi."

The Dutchman was then asked who was the hardest striker to mark, to which he replied: "Aguero."

Van Dijk has made 41 appearances for Liverpool this season, scoring four goals.

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Wednesday's key events

· Team GB have dominated the men's coxless fours in recent Olympics, winning on each of the last five occasions, but this year they face some stiff competition. They are one of four rowing medal contenders for Great Britain today (2.10am)

· Katie Ledecky and Ariarne Titmus face off again in the women's 200m freestyle final, with the latter having already come out on top in the 400m event (2.41am)
· Team GB's Abbie Wood is among the medal contenders in the women's 200m individual medley final, while teammate Alicia Wilson will also take part. USA's Kate Douglass was the fastest qualifier, while world and Olympic record holder Katinka Hosszu is also involved (3.45am)
· Katie Ledecky could make it two golds in one morning as she goes into the 1500m freestyle final as heavy favourite, having broken the Olympic record in qualifying (3.54am)
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· Team GB take on New Zealand in the first men's semi-final, having been beaten by reigning champions Fiji but then come from behind to overcome USA on day two (3am)
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· Joe Fraser and James Hall compete for Team GB in the men's all-around final (11.15am-2.10pm)

· Anna Shackley will take part in the women's road time trial (from 3.30am)
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· Jack Laugher bids to retain his men's 3m synchro diving title alongside new partner Daniel Goodfellow (7am)

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