Steven Gerrard believes Virgil van Dijk deserves to win Ballon d'Or

Steven Gerrard believes Virgil van Dijk deserves to win Ballon d'Or”

The world is waiting desperately to know the victor of 2019 Ballon d'Or and Argentine legend Lionel Messi and Dutch star Virgil van Dijk are leading the race to bag the coveted award in Paris.

Virgil van Dijk should win the 2019 Ballon d'Or, says "Messi's number one fan" Steven Gerrard. Messi, on the other hand, is the deserving victor in my eyes, as the best player in the world won the European Golden Boot and carried a flawed Barcelona to a 3-0 lead in a Champions League semifinal and to the title in La Liga.

Speaking after Rangers' Europa League 2-2 draw with Feyenoord on Thursday, Gerrard was quoted by Goal as saying when asked by a Dutch reporter if Van Dijk should win the 2019 Ballon D' Or: "Yes, 100%".

But Gerrard, now Rangers boss, while claiming to be "Messi's number one fan", is in no doubt that the Liverpool defender should get the award. I love the player. I'm definitely a Messi fan, in the gang.

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Incredibly, Messi's success was predicted way back in January 2012, by late Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff who backed the Argentina superstar to reach unprecedented heights ahead of being awarded his third crown for the year 2011.

The Argentine faces stiff competition from his close rival Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool's centre-back Virgil van Dijk.

Messi enjoyed a memorable 2018/19 campaign winning La Liga with Barcelona and he finished as top scorer in last season's Champions League with 12 goals and won the European Golden Shoe as the continent's top scorer.

Jurgen Klopp's men can take their unbeaten record to 31 matches and extend their eight-point lead at the summit with a win over the Seagulls, before turning their attention to a Merseyside derby clash with Everton four days later.

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