Messi to give Van Dijk floor in Golden Ball race?
- Liverpool defender is now considered as the key pretender for the award
- Messi undoubtedly falls behind Van Dijk after the recent Copa America upset
- The Dutchman is also a winner of the UEFA Champions League
Lionel Messi is currently a second-tier in the 2019 Golden Ball pursuit, as supposed by various media sources.
Despite making a great impression during his club campaign last season, the Argentinian messed up his personal stats after an unlucky Copa America experience. Barcelona forward has been magnificent within La Liga though, scoring 36 times and making 13 assists overall.
Virgil Van Dijk is called the best candidate for the most prestigious football award of the year. The 27-year-old has had a consistent season full of glorious episodes, including winning the Champions League trophy with Liverpool.
The Dutch defender has clinched several "Player of the Month" awards in English Premier League and finished the season with one of the best records in terms of minutes played.
Moreover, Virgil has taken part in the UEFA Nations League final which could also be regarded as a major international tournament.
Awarding Van Dijk with the Golden Ball trophy could also mean a lot to the football community in general. The last time the trophy was given to a centre-back dates back to 2006 when the World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro was called the best player in the world.