VIRGIL VAN DIJK is about to start the newest chapter of his exceptional profession because the world’s most-expensive defender – and he can have his beautiful girlfriend there to help him all the way in which.
The Holland worldwide centre-back was confirmed as Liverpool’s newest signing yesterday in a £75million transfer to Southampton.
It completes a exceptional rise for the 26-year-old since his breakthrough as a striker for Groningen.
After his defensive abilities have been shortly noticed and he was shifted to the again, his journey has taken him to Scotland and the South Coast of England earlier than his upcoming swap to Merseyside.
And his long-term accomplice Rike Nooitgedag, and the couple’s canine, have been there each step of the way in which.
Whereas Van Dijk’s profession has introduced nice success, Nooitgedag may properly have been having fun with certainly one of her personal within the vogue trade however for her dedication to her man.
The sweethearts have been relationship since their childhood, and as he launched into his footballing rise Nooitgedag was making waves as a vogue gross sales supervisor.
Nonetheless, when the chance arose for Van Dijk to affix Celtic again in 2013 she gave up her job to comply with her man to Glasgow.
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She revealed shortly after that deal was concluded: “I labored as a gross sales supervisor and offered completely different vogue manufacturers to the shops in Holland.
“I beloved it however needed to resign to comply with my man all over the place soccer takes him to.
“Thus far, we have been settling properly and having adventures with our pretty canine.”
The pair have made no secret of their affection for each other on-line, with the WAG publicly declaring alongside a snap of the pair: “I like you not just for who you might be however for who I’m after I’m with you.”
Whereas Virgil wrote alongside a pic of them on vacation: “You’re the love of my life!”
They cemented their love for one another again in 2014 with the start of a daughter – though it was moderately eventful.
Rike was due in September of that yr, however the anticipated date was concurrently Van Dijk obtained his first-ever senior worldwide call-up.
Determined to not miss the arrival of his first youngster, the star organized for his girlfriend to have the start induced. The pitter patter of tiny toes into their family went easily, however Van Dijk was pressured to attend for his Dutch bow after not being chosen.
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That second did finally arrive a yr later when he gained his first cap in October 2015 towards Kazakhstan, simply months after his swap to the Premier League.
Now with Rike’s social media accounts seemingly deactivated, the shows of affection between the couple in public are few and much between with the defender preferring to maintain his posts strictly to footy.
Nonetheless, one factor you will be sure of is that Anfield can have at the least one new beautiful face amongst the wives and girlfriends when he pulls on the purple shirt for the primary time subsequent Friday for the FA Cup conflict with neighbours Everton.