It’s been 13 long years since a defender last won the Ballon d’Or, with Fabio Cannavaro winning the prize back in 2006.
VVD certainly has a chance of winning the Ballon dOr, and he is now the bookies favourite to win after the Netherlands victory against England in the UEFA Nations League semi-final last week.
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Top five favourites to win the Ballon d’Or:
- Virgil van Dijk – 11/10
- Lionel Messi – 6/5
- Sadio Mane – 20/1
- Mohamed Salah – 20/1
- Cristiano Ronaldo – 25/1
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Only three defenders have ever won the Ballon d’Or, but it is hard to deny a case for the dominate dutchman.
It has been a fantastic year for Liverpool, and Virgil van Dijk (VVD) has been a driving force behind their success since his £75million move back in January 2018.
The Reds come off the back of winning the Champions League Final (2-0) against Tottenham Hotspur while finishing second in a thrilling race for the title with Man City.
VVD has already won the PFA Player’s Player of the Year Award, while also playing a big part in helping Liverpool to their sixth Champions League trophy.
If you somehow doubt big Virgil’s influence, Liverpool’s account tweeted this the other day:
“No-one has completed a dribble past Virgil Van Dijk in any of his last 64 appearances for us”.
On top of that, check out his stats for his first 50 games for Liverpool, in which he helped The Reds keep 24 clean sheets in 50.
Also, VVD has the chance to win another trophy after there semi-final victory against England last week.
The Netherlands will face Portugal in the Final, for a chance of winning the first UEFA Nations League trophy.
If VVD can captain the Netherlands to a UEFA Nations League trophy, it will certainly bolster his case for the Ballon d’Or.