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 [Cristiano Ronaldo] and [Lionel] Messi.
‘The fact that the chances are wider now for players other than forwards makes me happy.’
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.
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 Premier League 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.