Virgil Van Dijk threatens to eclipse fellow European celebrities Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to raise FIFA’s The most exceptional Player award on Monday, to put up himself as a favourite for this year’s Ballon d’Or.
Van Dijk, Ronaldo and Messi would be the three men’s finalists for Your most exceptional Player award, with the winner to be declared on Monday at a star-studded service in Milan’s famous opera house La Scala.
The towering Dutch guardian helped Liverpool into the Champions League trophy last year and can be well-positioned having won the UEFA participant of the year award.
The very best award was made in 2016, the winner has gone on also to lift the coveted Ballon d’Or, which is unveiled on December 2.
In the previous three decades that the podiums to both awards are nearly identical besides Egyptian Mohamed Salah’s third location in The very best in 2018, a place inhabited by France’s Antoine Griezmann from the Ballon d’Or.
According to Liverpool’s success last year it might be Van Dijk’s turn to become the initial guardian since Italy’s former World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro at 2006.
The 28-year-old established himself one of the greatest defenders in the world for Liverpool and the Dutch national side who attained the Nations League final.
Liverpool also missed out to the Premier League title by only 1 point behind Manchester City.
The two Messi and Ronaldo have won FIFA’s award in various guises five occasions each.
Former Real Madrid star Ronaldo’s six-year predominate as the Champions League top scorer finished last season.
The 34-year-old scored six goals from Juventus’s European effort, including a fantastic treble against Atletico Madrid, until they had been removed in the quarter-finals.
Messi was leading scorer in the Champions League last year with 12 goals before Liverpool removed Barcelona from the semi-finals.
The 32-year-old assisted Argentina to Shia in 2019 Copa America.
Messi nevertheless could cover his three-month suspension by South American soccer body CONMEBOL after alleging corruption in the Copa America.
One of the girls, American World Cup champions Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan, are in the running together with England’s Lucy Bronze.
The three contenders for the men’s training award are Liverpool’s Champions League-winning trainer Jurgen Klopp, together with Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino, who attained the European closing, also Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola.
US women’s coach Jill Ellis is in the running for its women’s training award combined with England’s Phil Neville and Dutch trainer Sarina Wiegman.