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() 'If he had been around longer he'd have been at the top for a long time': Vincent Kompany sensationally names Virgil van Dijk as the Premier League's 'best ever' centre-back ahead of John Terry and Rio Ferdinand Vincent Kompany believes Virgil van Dijk is Premier League's best-ever defender The Manchester City legend favours the Dutchman ahead of Terry and Ferdinand Kompany made the startling assessment ahead of his testimonial on Wednesday  Van Dijk is favourite to beat Ronaldo and Messi to win this year's Ballon d'Or 

By Sam Mcevoy For Mailonline

Published: 17:15 BST, 11 September 2019 | Updated: 17:15 BST, 11 September 2019

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Vincent Kompany has named Virgil van Dijk as the Premier League's best ever centre-back ahead of his testimonial on Wednesday evening.

The former Manchester City captain made the assessment from the belief that the Dutchman would easily win the honour if he had been playing at the top level for a lot longer.

Van Dijk is the favourite to win this year's Ballon d'Or award ahead of the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi – especially when you consider that he has already beaten the duo to the prize of UEFA's Best Player at the recent Champions League draw.

Vincent Kompany believes Virgil van Dijk (pictured) is Premier League's best-ever centre-back

Vincent Kompany believes Virgil van Dijk (pictured) is Premier League's best-ever centre-back

The Manchester City legend favours the Dutchman ahead of John Terry and Rio Ferdinand

The Manchester City legend favours the Dutchman ahead of John Terry and Rio Ferdinand

Van Dijk also helped guide Liverpool to their sixth Champions League trophy in June while the Reds narrowly missed

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