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Birthplace of Dreams

Virgil Van Dijk was a soccer-obsessed kid playing in cages near his southern Holland home. If the start of the story isn't unique, the rest is …

Doubted by clubs in his youth. Setbacks that should have sidelined him. A journey through three leagues, five clubs, and "that" price tag en route to becoming captain of the KNVB and champion of Europe in his prime.

This is an inspirational story of mental resilience, patience, and hard work. Of ambitious talent finally finding its rightful place. The world's best defender might soon be crowned the world's best player.

Watch Virgil's story here.