Liverpool fans won't like what Jamie Carragher said of Van Dijk on this year's Ballon d'Or race


Jamie Carragher has favored Lionel Messi ahead of Virgil van Dijk for this year's Ballon d'Or

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The former Liverpool defender ruled out Van Dijk from winning the prize, pointing out Netherlands' 1-0 defeat to Portugal in the Nations League final as a hindrance .

Van Dijk, since joining Liverpool from Southampton has contributed massively to the improvement of Jurgen Klopp's once slated back-four. The Dutch man was one of Liverpool’s key men that was influential to their sixth Champions League glory last season.

But Carragher who once played the same role under the Reds, feels that missing out on a silverware for Netherlands could hold Van Dijk back in the race for the prestigious award.

"I saw he's gone ahead of Messi in the betting," Carragher told Sky Sports.

"I'd be thinking Messi to be honest – very rarely you see a centre-back get that.

"I think that Cannavaro got it on the back of winning the World Cup in 2006. I don’t think his game has changed too much over the season.

"He's obviously had a great season but I think you've got to win big things and I think that Champions League has put that stamp on him being one of the world's best.

"When we spoke earlier this season we always spoke about Pique and Ramos not necessarily that they were performing better than Van Dijk – but they have the medals for club and country.

"That's why he'll be disappointed [missing out on the Nations League]. Obviously it's not a World Cup or a Euros but it's just that nice little trophy for his country.

"But I think when you win something big, that's when you really cement yourself at that level and I think he is the best in the world in that position. He's proven himself.

"But, Ballon d'Or, I think Messi."

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  1. Hes always discouraging.Jimmie.poor analyst

  2. Van Dijk still has until December to prove his worth

  3. Yeah but do you know that the Dutch man really try for his club and he's gonna get the honor

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