Liverpool defender, Virgil van Dijk and his relationship with Rike Nooitgedagt remain as strong as it has always been despite hardly flaunting it on social media. In fact, it is stronger than his ability to defend on the pitch during football games.
Just like Virgil van Dijk who likes to keep family issues private, Rike Nooitgedagt is a very private person who hardly flaunts things on social media unlike other women who are dating or married to footballers.
What is the football background of Virgil?
Before we dive more into the family of Van Dijk, let us look into how the football star became the world-class footballer he has become today.
Van Dijk started his football career at a Dutch youth system known as WDS ’19 Jeugd until July 1, 2021, before he moved on to another Dutch youth side known as Willem II/RKC in 2001 until July 1, 2010.
The 30-year-old Dutch footballer joined FC Groning. U21 in 2010 and then had the opportunity of playing for FC Groningen senior team in July 2011.
Virgil van Dijk left the Netherlands on July 1, 2013, when he joined a Scottish side, Celtic for a transfer fee worth €2.75 million.
On September 1, 2015, Van Dijk left Celtic for a Premier League side, Southampton for a transfer fee worth €15.70 million. He wowed everyone in the league that Liverpool had to pay the sum of €84.65 million for his services on January 1, 2018.
The football star made his international debut on October 10, 2015. Since then, the footballer has had 44 appearances for the Dutch national team in which he scored five goals.
What is the family background of Virgil van Dijk?
Virgil van Dijk was born in the Netherlands on July 8, 1991. Reports claimed that the footballer decided to use only his first name on his jersey because his father, Ron van Dijk abandoned the footballer’s mother and his siblings when they were still young.
Also, reports in China claimed that Van Dijk has Chinese ancestry. His mother, Hellen Fo Sieeuw is said to be part of Chinese descent whose name was derived from the footballer’s grandmother Chin Fo Sieeuw. The report further claimed that Van Dijk’s grandmother left China for Suriname (a Dutch colony) in 1920 where she started her life and raised her children.
Van Dijk and his relationship with Rike Nooitgedagt
Virgil van Dijk and Rike Nooitgedagt have been dating since they were teenagers in the Netherlands.
The football star left the Netherlands for Celtic in 2013 when her relationship with the Dutch lady was already burning hot.
Before he moved to Southampton in 2015, the football star had brought the lady who was a salesperson in the Netherlands to stay with him.
In 2017, Van Dijk and Rike decided to get married after they have had two daughters, Nila, born in 2014, and Jadi, born in 2016.
The footballer and his family moved to Merseyside after Liverpool paid Southampton a whopping €84.65 million for his services on January 1, 2018.
Since then, Virgil van Dijk who has helped Liverpool to win one UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup, and the Premier League, has scored 15 goals and provided 7 assists in 158 games in all competitions.