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Sergio Ramos backs Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk to win Ballon dOr

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Van Dijk is one of the frontrunners for the Ballon dOr (Picture: Getty)

Sergio Ramos is backing Virgil van Dijk to win the Ballon dOr after leading Liverpool to Champions league glory last season.

Van Dijk is battling with fellow frontrunners Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, but has already beaten the pair to one major accolade, Uefa Mens Player of the Year.

Despite a long and fiery rivalry with the Reds, Ramos thinks Van Dijk deserves the top award, saying: Van Dijk is a great centre back, hes played a very, very good season and if hes still there its because he deserves it.

We always talk about the Ballon dOr… Cris [Cristiano Ronaldo] and [Lionel] Messi.

Virgil van Dijk has already beaten Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to the Uefa Player of the Year
Van Dijk was named ahead of Messi and Ronaldo as Uefas Player of the Year (Picture: Getty)

The fact that the chances are wider now for players other than forwards makes me happy.

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Luka Modric broke Messi and Ronaldos grip on the Ballon dOr last year, becoming the first player since 2007 to beat the attacking duo to the award.

It has been over ten years since a defender has claimed the accolade, with Italian legend Fabio Cannavaro winning the Ballon dOr in 2006.

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the award three of the last five years
Ronaldo has won the award three of the last five years (Picture: Getty)

Van Dijk has helped transform Liverpools defence since his big-money arrival in January 2017, turning the Reds into one of the most formidable defensive forces in the world.

Liverpool came up just short in the race for the Premier League title last term and currently lead the table afterRead More – Source