Ballon d'Or 2019 award ceremony is less than a week away and the name of the victor is already revealed.
Van Dijk has also impressed this term as Liverpool - agonisingly pipped to the 2018-19 Premier League title by Manchester City - have surged eight points clear at the summit.
Kylian Mbappe is backing Lionel Messi to win a record sixth Ballon d'Or award next month when the victor is announced on December 2. It was last season when Real Madrid's Luka Modric ended the decade long domination by Messi-Ronaldo in Ballon d'Or ceremony.
"Or Momo [Salah], who is one of my friends".
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The award, which would be his sixth, would stand him alone in world football as the recipient of the most Ballon d'Or awards in history - one ahead of Ronaldo and three ahead of Marco van Basten, Johan Cruyff and Michel Platini.
"The best player of all?"
Among the top contenders are Lionel Messi and Virgil van Dijk, with both already nabbing an individual award each this season.
Jürgen Klopp believes Virgil van Dijk deserves to win the Ballon d'Or in recognition of his unparalleled form throughout last season. "That's how it is", Klopp said. So I don't know exactly how it will work, but that's how I see it.
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