Ballon d’Or 2019: Liverpool star hits out at Lionel Messi after Virgil Van Dijk award snub | Football | Sport
Van Dijk was more gracious in response to Messi beating him to the award.
“It was an amazing year, but there’s a couple of players like that who are a bit unnatural,” the Dutchman said.
“So you need to respect greatness as well. I was close, but there was just someone a little bit better.
“I’m very proud of what I achieved last year with Liverpool and the Netherlands, and hopefully we can do that again this year.