Virgil van Dijk deserved to win the Ballon d’Or instead of losing out to Lionel Messi, Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said on Tuesday.
Ballon d'Or 2019: Lionel Messi the ‘greatest player of all time’, says Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu after midfielder wins sixth time
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has hailed Argentine striker Lionel Messi as the "greatest player of all time".
Ballon d'Or 2019: Lionel Messi beats Virgil Van Dijk for record sixth award, Megan Rapinoe wins women's prize
At a glittering ceremony in Paris, Lionel Messi and Megan Rapinoe took top honours to win the male and female Ballon d'Or Awards. Matthijs de Ligt was adjudged the best U-21 player and Alisson Becker as the best keeper.
Ballon d’Or 2019: Barcelona's Lionel Messi wins award for record sixth time, Megan Rapinoe bags her first
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk was second in the polling this year, followed by Cristiano Ronaldo, who shared the record of five Ballon d’Ors with Messi until Monday.
Ballon d'Or 2019: Here's how you can watch the live streaming of the 64th edition of the awards ceremony
As the football season reaches the halfway stage, it's time for us to switch our attention to the Ballon d'Or, the 64th edition of which takes place in Paris on Monday. It's that time of the year when we witness the crowning of the world's best men's footballer.
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi joins rivals Cristiano Ronaldo, Virgil Van Dijk in race for Ballon d'Or award; Neymar misses out
Messi and Ronaldo's 10-year grip on the individual award organized by France Football magazine was broken by Luka Modric last December.
The Ballon d'Or for best male player was first awarded in 1956, to Stanley Matthews. It is voted on by journalists. Last year, an award for best female player was added. It was won by Norway's Ada Hegerberg.