‘For him not to win is an absolute joke’: Liverpool fans fume at Virgil van Dijk missing out on 2019 Ballon d’Or crown as Barcelona star Lionel Messi beats Liverpool defender to prize
- Barcelona star Lionel Messi has been awarded the 2019 Ballon d’Or award
- It is the Argentine’s sixth career Ballon d’Or as he edged out Virgil van Dijk
- Liverpool fans were furious that the defender missed out on the coveted award
- Van Dijk finished second while Cristiano Ronaldo finished in third position
The Argentine, who attended with his wife Antonella Roccuzzo and his two sons Thiago and Mateo, went into the evening in Paris level with Ronaldo on five Ballon d’Or awards each but now stands alone with six.
Van Dijk came second after a year which included winning the Champions League with the Reds in 2019 and Liverpool knocking out Messi’s Barcelona in the process.
Liverpool fans are furious Virgil van Dijk was pipped to the Ballon d’Or award by Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi received a record sixth Ballon d’Or award at a ceremony in Paris on Monday night
VAN DIJK’S 2019
Nations League runner-up
One fan said: ‘Van Dijk had the best individual 2019 and no rigged trophy needs to tell me that.’
Another Liverpool fan said: ‘Virgil van Dijk set the standard for defense in world football.
‘The entirety of Europe was desperately tracking to see if a player could just get past him.
‘Monumental player with unparalleled abilities who won the biggest prize in Europe. For him not to win is an absolute joke.’
One fan said: ‘If Virgil Van Dijk didn’t win the Ballon D’or this year, then a defender never will.’
Another social media user added said: ‘If Virgil van Dijk played for Barcelona, he would’ve won the 2019 Ballon d’Or.’
It was the first time since 2015 that Messi lifted the award with Ronaldo – twice – and his then Real Madrid team-mate Luka Modric winning the following three years.
Liverpool’s Dutch defender van Dijk and his wife Rike Nooitgedagt at Monday’s ceremony
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