If we consider the personal record, the Argentine little magician Messi has spent a great season. But considering the team performance, he only won the league title and so, the confusion about his chance of winning the Ballon d’Or has started. By overtaking Lionel Messi, Champions League winner Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk can win the Ballon d’Or this time. So, the obvious question or we can say it as the speculation has raised that Messi or Van Dijk – who will win the Ballon d’Or?
How was the recently finished season of Lionel Messi? There are a few different opinions can be found. Team Barcelona won the La Liga only. They played the Copa del Rey final but against Valencia, Messi’s Barca faced the defeat. Also, they were defeated in the semi-final of the Champions League against Liverpool. On the other side, considering the individual performance, Messi has passed one of the best seasons in his professional career.
Virgil van Dijk insists Lionel Messi should win the Ballon d’Or. pic.twitter.com/dWGSXvA8Ff
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) June 2, 2019
Messi’s individual performance could not help his team much. The dream of winning the ‘Treble’ was destroyed. So, the question was raised about the possibility of winning the Ballon d’Or in the season. It is not so sure yet. And Liverpool Dutch center-back Virgil van Dijk has come to the spotlight.
Van Dijk has spent a season just like the dream. With his leading, the defense of Liverpool is one of the best in recent time. In the whole season, no one could pass the Dutch defender by dribbling, not even Messi. And as a result, he is already awarded. He has received the PFA best player award in the season along with the best player award in the Premier League so far.
Virgil van Dijk after the final: “Ballon d’Or? I think Messi is the best player in the world, I think he deserved it as long as he plays, it doesn't matter if he didn't reach the final this year." [via @riksharma_]
This man is class. pic.twitter.com/h7XggSgBZM
— AFC Ajax ? (@TheEuropeanLad) June 1, 2019
Generally, the best player award used to give to the forwards or attacking midfielders but as the defender, Van Dijk showed them his capability by winning the award.
And now, according to the thought of many football supporters, with the hand of the Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk, the introducing of winning the Ballon d’Or for defender will start.
But Van Dijk is giving his vote to the LM10. According to him, Messi is the best player in the World and he deserves the Ballon d’Or. But still, the Dutch defender will receive the award happily if he would win the Ballon d’Or. Though Messi should win the award, he thought.