'Faultless' Van Dijk deserves to win Ballon d'Or ahead of Messi - Gerrard

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

In the build-up to the latest Golden Ball award, FC Barcelona captain Lionel Messi and Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk have been touted as the clear favourites.

"But if you talk about consistency from a player over a year winning the European Cup and being absolutely flawless in every performance, that means you deserve to win the Ballon d & # 39; Or". Messi, on the other hand, is the deserving victor in my eyes, as the best player in the world won the European Golden Boot and carried a flawed Barcelona to a 3-0 lead in a Champions League semifinal and to the title in La Liga.

Should Messi lift the prestigious accolade on 2 December, he will overtake fellow five-time victor Ronaldo to become the player with the most Ballon d'Or titles in history. I love the player.

Van Dijk will be back in Premier League action on Saturday afternoon, with Liverpool set to welcome Brighton to Anfield.

"I'm Messi's number one fan, for sure". Obscene numbers in his game in terms of assists and goals.

The victor of the prestigious Ballon d'Or will be announced on Monday and Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is now the overwhelming favourite to take the prize.

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

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