Ballon D’Or: Steven Gerrard names player that should win award

Ballon D’Or: Steven Gerrard names player that should win award

This year's favorites, which include Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, are in contention for different reasons.

The Glasgow Rangers manager believes Van Dijk deserves the top individual prize "100%" after he helped Liverpool to win the UEFA Champions League trophy last season.

Gerrard, who is now in charge of Scottish giants Rangers, has admitted to being "Messi's number one fan", but is in no doubt that Van Dijk should pick up the Ballon d'Or next month.

Van Dijk failed to win Premier League but enjoyed a prosperous season under Jurgen Klopp as he was an integral part of the indomitable Liverpool squad that won Champions League. I love the player.

"I'm Messi's number one player, for sure, I like the player, the Obscene players in his game and his goals".

Messi, who won the Best FIFA Men's player award in September, now looks likely to do the double and add the Ballon d'Or to his individual honours, with some bookmakers even suspending betting on the market such is the apparent likelihood.

With the 2019 Ballon d'Or victor set to be revealed on Monday, it's been reported the victor of the prestigious accolade has already been leaked.

Messi is the favourite to win a sixth Ballon d'Or ahead of Van Dijk, but the two men will also face competition from the likes of Paris Saint Germain's Kylian Mbappe and Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in the final voting.



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