Van Dijk reacts to finishing second for Ballon d'Or: 'You need to respect greatness as well'
Liverpool's centre-back pays tribute to Lionel Messi after finishing as runner-up to the Argentinian for Ballon d'Or 2019.
"I've had an amazing year but unfortunately there are a couple of players like him [Messi] that are a bit un-natural. I think they're fantastic. Look at that.. six Ballon d'Ors. You need to respect greatness as well."
The Dutchman finished second in the 2019 Ballon d'Or vote, Lionel Messi bagging his sixth individual award on the occasion. While the Argentinian is arguably the most talented player of his generation, some would rue the missed opportunity to break up the Ronaldo-Messi dominance for Ballon d'Or.