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

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Van Dijk was named Uefa Player of the Year in August after helping Liverpool win last season's Champions League and leading the Netherlands to the final of the inaugural Nations League final last summer, which signalled he was favourite to be recognised as the world's best player by France Football.

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard says Virgil van Dijk "100 per cent" deserves to claim the Ballon d'Or for his "faultless" performances en route to winning the Champions League. This is all the more important because the award has been announced just a few days before the coveted 2019 Ballon d'Or ceremony in Paris.

The Rangers manager praises Lionel Messi for guiding Barcelona to domestic glory but submitted no players deserves the individual gong than the Dutch star, complementing a position earlier made by Klopp on the individual glory.

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Gerrard, who is now in charge of Scottish giants Rangers, has admitted to being "Messi's number one fan", but is in no doubt that Van Dijk should pick up the Ballon d'Or next month. I love the player.

"I'm Messi's number one player, for sure, I like the player, the Obscene players in his game and his goals".

Van Dijk is in the running for football's top individual prize, going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

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It remains to be seen if Messi indeed bags his record sixth Ballon d'Or on Monday.

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

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