BIT OF ALRIKE Who is Virgil Van Dijk’s wife Rike Nooitgedagt? The woman behind Premier League’s best player

 

BIT OF ALRIKE

VIRGIL VAN DIJK headed to the Fifa Best Awards as strong favourite after a fantastic 2018/19 campaignbefore finishing behind Lionel Messi.

The Liverpool star earned the PFA Player of the Year award for his performances and pushed the Champions League title and the Premier League runners-up spot.

 Virgil van Dijk and his family are about to embark on their latest adventure together

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Virgil van Dijk and his family are about to embark on their latest adventure togetherCredit: PA:Press Association
 The Dutchman will be joined on Merseyside by his childhood sweetheart Rike Nooitgedagt

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The Dutchman will be joined on Merseyside by his childhood sweetheart Rike NooitgedagtCredit: PA:Press Association

He has completed a remarkable rise since his breakthrough as a striker for Groningen.

After Van Dijk’s defensive talents were quickly spotted and he was shifted to the back, his journey has taken him to Scotland and the South Coast of England before his switch to Merseyside.

And his long-term partner Rike Nooitgedag, and the couple’s dog, have been there every step of the way.

While Van Dijk’s career has brought great success, Nooitgedag could well have been enjoying one of her own in the fashion industry but for her dedication to her man.

 Rike Nooitgedagt plants a kiss on Virgil van Dijk as he celebrates winning the league with Celtic

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Rike Nooitgedagt plants a kiss on Virgil van Dijk as he celebrates winning the league with CelticCredit: PA:Press Association
 The couple have a daughter, who was born in 2014

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The couple have a daughter, who was born in 2014Credit: Rex Features

The sweethearts have been dating since their childhood, and as he embarked on his footballing rise Nooitgedag was making waves as a fashion sales manager.

However, when the opportunity arose for Van Dijk to join Celtic back in 2013 she gave up her job to follow her man to Glasgow.

She revealed shortly after that deal was concluded: “I worked as a sales manager and sold different fashion brands to the stores in Holland.

“I loved it but had to resign to follow my man everywhere football takes him to.

“So far, we’ve been settling well and having adventures with our lovely dog.”

The pair have made no secret of their affection for one another online, with the WAG publicly declaring alongside a snap of the pair: “I love you not only for who you are but for who I am when I’m with you.”

While Virgil wrote alongside a pic of them on holiday: “You are the love of my life!”

 The couple also used to regularly share images of their adorable dog on social media

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The couple also used to regularly share images of their adorable dog on social mediaCredit: PA:Press Association
 Rike Nooitgedagt gave up her job as a fashion sales manager to be by Van Dijk's side

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Rike Nooitgedagt gave up her job as a fashion sales manager to be by Van Dijk’s sideCredit: PA:Press Association
 Virgil van Dijk is a Dutch international defender

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Virgil van Dijk is a Dutch international defenderCredit: Reuters
 Liverpool confirmed Virgil van Dijk has signed for £75m from Southampton

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Liverpool confirmed Virgil van Dijk has signed for £75m from SouthamptonCredit: Getty

They cemented their love for each other back in 2014 with the birth of a daughter – although it was rather eventful.

Rike was due in September of that year, but the expected date was at the same time as Van Dijk received his first-ever senior international call-up.

Desperate not to miss the arrival of his first child, the star arranged for his girlfriend to have the birth induced. The pitter patter of tiny feet into their household went smoothly, but Van Dijk was forced to wait for his Dutch bow after not being selected.

That moment did eventually arrive a year later when he won his first cap in October 2015 against Kazakhstan, just months after his switch to the Premier League.

Now with Rike’s social media accounts seemingly deactivated, the displays of love between the couple in public are few and far between with the defender preferring to keep his posts strictly to footy.

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