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Sergio Ramos backs Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk to win Ballon d’Or

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Virgil van Dijk is one of the frontrunners for the Ballon d'Or
Van Dijk is among the frontrunners for the Ballon d’Or (Picture: Getty)

is backing Virgil van Dijk to win the Ballon d’Or after main Liverpool to Champions league glory final season.

Van Dijk is battling with fellow frontrunners Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, however has already crushed the pair to one main accolade, Uefa Men’s Player of the Year.

Despite an extended and fiery rivalry with the Reds, Ramos thinks Van Dijk deserves the highest award, saying: ‘Van Dijk is a great centre back, he’s performed a really, superb season and if he’s nonetheless there it’s as a result of he deserves it.

‘We always talk about the Ballon d’Or… Cris [] and [Lionel] Messi.

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Virgil van Dijk has already beaten Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to the Uefa Player of the Year
Van Dijk was named forward of Messi and Ronaldo as Uefa’s Player of the Year (Picture: Getty)

‘The fact that the chances are wider now for players other than forwards makes me happy.’

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Luka Modric broke Messi and Ronaldo’s grip on the Ballon d’Or final yr, turning into the primary participant since 2007 to beat the attacking duo to the award.

It has been over ten years since a defender has claimed the accolade, with Italian legend Fabio Cannavaro profitable the Ballon d’Or in 2006.

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Cristiano Ronaldo has won the award three of the last five years
Ronaldo has gained the award three of the final 5 years (Picture: Getty)

Van Dijk has helped rework Liverpool’s defence since his big-money arrival in January 2017, turning the Reds into probably the most formidable defensive forces on this planet.

Liverpool got here up simply brief within the race for the title final time period and at present lead the desk after 4 video games.

Were Van Dijk to win the Ballon d’Or, he would add it to the Uefa Men’s Player of the Year and PFA Player of the Year awards he has already gained for his exploits final season.

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