Gabriel Jesus’ dribble past Virgil van Dijk does not count against Liverpool star’s amazing 65-game competitive run – The Sun

VIRGIL VAN DIJK'S super-human run of 65 games without being dribbled past is still alive – as his Community Shield humbling by Gabriel Jesus was not officially in a competitive fixture.

The Liverpool centre-back has lost one record this week – £85million Harry Maguire overtaking him as the world's costliest defender – so to lose a second might have seemed careless.

But £75m Van Dijk can still boast of no player dribbling beyond him since March 2018 as the FA downgraded the Shield five years ago to the status of a friendly.

That means yellow and red cards, as well as stats like dribbling, are no longer on the Premier League record books.

So it also saves Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola from having a booking against his name before the Prem has even kicked off.

But it is Brazil striker Jesus who might feel most aggrieved.

The 22-year-old spun past Van Dijk with a two-touch drag-back in the centre circle that gave him space to thread a dangerous pass through for Kevin De Bruyne.

It was Van Dijk's cross, though, that teed up a headed equaliser for Joel Matip after Raheem Sterling fired City in front against his old club.

But Jesus hit back with the shootout winner after a 1-1 draw at Wembley.

Nonetheless, Holland ace Van Dijk still remains a strong tip to become the first defender to win the Ballon d'Or since Italy legend Fabio Cannavaro in 2006.

That would also make the 28-year-old just the second Prem player to lift the crown – after Liverpool's Michael Owen in 2001.

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