Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has warned Virgil van Dijk that it will likely be extremely robust for the Liverpool man to win the Ballon d’Or, regardless of calls from many for Van Dijk to win the award.
The Dutchman was named the UEFA Males’s Participant of the 12 months off the again of Liverpool’s run to Champions League glory, and is among the main candidates for the Ballon d’Or this 12 months, alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The final defender to win the award was Actual Madrid’s Fabio Cannavaro in 2006 and, chatting with The Specific, Pique insisted that it will likely be an enormous problem for Van Dijk so as to add his title to the record of former winners.
“It’s not straightforward. This recreation is made for strikers. Once they rating they’re the celebs and once they do not rating, usually nothing occurs.
“For keepers and defenders, it’s tougher. Whenever you do an excellent job it’s troublesome for folks to recognise you however whenever you make a mistake you might be in all places. Usually strikers will win it.”
Messi and Ronaldo have dominated the Ballon d’Or lately. One of many pair received the award annually between 2008 and 2017, however Actual midfielder Luka Modric lastly ended their stranglehold on the award final 12 months.
This time round, Van Dijk is anticipated to be a severe contender, alongside the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Raheem Sterling and Kylian Mbappe – all of whom might be battling Messi and Ronaldo for the last word particular person prize.