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Ballon D’Or 2019: Van Dijk speaks on winning award ahead of Messi, Ronaldo

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Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk admits that it would be “special” to win the Golden Ball this year. Van Dijk has been installed as the favorite to win the prestigious award, ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Speaking to the Liverpool day program, the Dutchman said: “Can I win? There will be an answer to that on December 2!

“For me to be summoned in the same breath, for the performances of last season, winning the Golden Ball is something special. We will see what will come of that.

“[I need] to continue playing, week after week, at the highest level I can play at. I try to keep improving in training with the experience I get from each game, and I also stay fit. That’s a huge part of playing at a constant level: keep fit and, hopefully, play all the great games.”