Liverpool ace insists he will still be ‘a winner’ even if Messi claims Ballon d’Or

first_img Getty Images – Getty on target latest appointed Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi is favourite to take the prize for a record sixth time, Liverpool’s inspirational defender Van Dijk is expected to provide strong competition.Netherlands international Van Dijk, a cornerstone of Liverpool’s Champions League success last season and UEFA Player of the Year, came second to Messi in the voting for FIFA World Player of the Year in September.Van Dijk, 28, said: “I am going to have a look at what it is about. I am going to be there for a reason and there are no losers on the evening. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta 2 Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule Van Dijk believes he is still a winner even if he falls short of winning the Ballon d’Or Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son rookie error Van Dijk has been key to Liverpool’s success statement PEP TALK Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti stalemate Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk has insisted he will still be a ‘winner’ even if he feels falls short of claiming the Ballon d’Or.In a glittering ceremony in Paris on Monday evening, the winner of this year’s prestigious individual award will be announced. “I am very proud to be in that bracket, to be in there for the way I performed with the team last year and also with the country.“It is just something to be proud of because not a lot of players go there and are up for these kind of things.“There’s going to be a winner but there are no losers. We will see what happens.”The 30 nominees for the Ballon d’Or were announced in October.Van Dijk was one of seven Liverpool players on the shortlist along with goalkeeper Alisson Becker, defender Trent Alexander-Arnold, midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum and forwards Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.Manchester City had five players nominated in Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez with Tottenham duo Hugo Lloris and Son Heung-min also featuring.Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also made the list, as did former Chelsea star, now of Real Madrid, Eden Hazard. Cristiano Ronaldo – like Messi, also a five-time winner – was again nominated.England pair Lucy Bronze and Ellen White were on the shortlist for the women’s award. LATEST Getty Images – Getty Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff update targets 2 The awards ceremony comes at an awkward time for the Premier League ahead of a midweek round of fixtures.Leaders Liverpool are back in action as they host neighbours Everton in the Merseyside derby on Wednesday.The Reds have opened up a big lead at the top but Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Brighton was a nervy affair and the team have now gone 12 games without keeping a clean sheet in all competitions.Van Dijk said: “It annoys me and it is a negative, to be fair. As a defence we know we can do a lot better than we do, especially with the clean sheets.“But if we are winning games then we shouldn’t look too much at it.“We are in a good situation points-wise but we know we can do, maybe, that extra 10 per cent still.”last_img

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