Published: Wed, June 05, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Liverpool hero Barnes: Van Dijk only man worthy of Ballon D'Or

Liverpool hero Barnes: Van Dijk only man worthy of Ballon D'Or

"We're going to try next season again, and hopefully we'll be as close or even better next year".

PFA Player of the Year Van Dijk has cemented his status as one of the world's best defenders this season, and Barnes believes he would be a worthy victor when the Ballon d'Or is awarded later in the year.

"Van Dijk was offered a lot more money to go to Man City and a lot more money to go to Chelsea, yet he chose to go to Liverpool and there's a reason for that, that's the manager".

Van Dijk was unsuccessful in winning the Premier league this season as Manchester City claimed the title on the last day of the season, but the Netherlands global capped a superb 2018-19 campaign by helping the Reds win the Champions League on Saturday night.

Liverpool FC won their first major trophy under Jurgen Klopp following their 2-0 victory over Tottenham in the Champions League final in the Spanish capital on Saturday night.

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If van Dijk were to win it, it would be yet another signal of the transformative impact he's had on Liverpool since arriving from Southampton in 2018. Former Italy skipper Fabio Cannavaro was the last defender to be awarded the Ballon D'Or. Zero. Having played against Lionel Messi, Eden Hazard, Sergio Aguero, Harry Kane, Robert Lewandowski, Lorenzo Insigne and many more, none of them have been able to get by the mountain of a man.

The Reds failed to beat Real Madrid in the Champions League final past year but kicked on after the painful defeat.

"But there haven't been any of those types of players who have really set the world alight this season".

The Dutchman was integral to Liverpool's Champions League final triumph, which included beating Lionel Messi's Barcelona in the semi-finals.

He told a post-match press conference: "In the second half we were sitting back a bit and they put pressure on us, but overall I think we're deserved Champions League winners".

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