- Virgil Van Dijk is now bookmakers favourite choice to win 2019 Ballon d'Or
- Th Liverpool star is closing in on two prestigious honours under nine days
- Van Dijk is now a game away from winning Nations League with Holland. after winning the UCL with Liverpool
Virgil van Dijk is closing on two prestigious honours in under nine days.after emerging bookmakers’ top choice to win 2019 Ballon d'Or.
According to Give Me Football report, the Dutchman, who won the Champions League with Liverpool is now a game away from winning the Nations League with Holland.
The centre-back was in the thick of the action as Holland saw off England 3-1 after extra time on Thursday, June 6, no thanks of poor defending from the pair of John Stones and Ross Barkley.
Van Dijk performed excellently without errors at the other end, but his partner in the heart of Holland defence Matthijs de Ligt, gave away a Marcus Rashford's penalty during a tough first-half.
At the end of the encounter, the 27-year-old centre-back was applauded for his decent performance during the encounter, with the debate now centered whether he can be considered the best defender in the world.
Most observers of the game are eager to know if van Dijk could be seen as a top contender for the Ballon d'Or considering Messi’s decent displays in the Champions League.
According to reports, several bookmakers are now tipping van Dijk as the top choice for the 2019 accolade, ahead of the Messi.
Equally, the trio of Cristiano Ronaldo, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane find themselves struggling to meet van Dijk’s level.
Interestingly, former Germany captain Philipp Lahm faulted the award, stressing that it had simply turned to a goalscoring competition for strikers.
Messi and Ronaldo's held sway for over a decade, winning the award five times each, until it was Luka Modric emerged victorious in 2018.
A pointer that other football stars irrespective of their position you play, with van Dijk ensuring Liverpool conceding lesser goals, than any other Premier League club this season.
According to Opta, no striker has dribbled past van Dijk in any of his last 64 games across all competitions for Liverpool.
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Therefore, if the Dutchman fails to claim the Ballon d'Or this year, then centre-backs may struggle giving their best going forward.
Indeed, it will be an interesting show if van Dijk beat Messi to the highest individual prize, days after stopping the Argentine and his Barca teammates in the Champions League semi-finals.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Virgil Van Dijk was named Champions League player of the week after his incredible display for his side against Tottenham in UCL final.
Van Dijk was in superb form for Liverpool in the Champions League final blocking Son and Harry Kane from scoring in an encounter which ended 2-0 in favor of Jurgen Klopp's men.
His performance against Spurs has now earned him an award from the UEFA governing body who took to social media to announce the name of Virgil Van Dijk.
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