After claiming a record sixth men’s Ballon d’Or award at the age of 32 in Paris on Monday. Lionel Messi said he hoped to carry undimmed by age. While USA World Cup superstar Megan Rapinoe took the women’s prize.
Rapinoe was not at the Chatelet theatre in the France capital. She led the USA to victory in July where she unable to make the trip back to the country.
However, its Messi’s first Ballom d’Or since 2015 and his sixth overall as he move one ahead of the rival Cristiano Ronaldo.
It is the first time since 2010 that Ronaldo has failed to rank in the top two.
Having starred in the Liverpool team that won the Champions League, Van Dijk finished second to Messi just as he did in the voting for Fifa’s equivalent prize, The Best, in September.
“Unfortunately there are a couple of players like him who are a bit unnatural. Six times Ballon d’Or you need to respect greatness as well,” said Van Dijk.
Van Dijk was one of four Liverpool players in the top 10, with Sadio Mane fourth, Mohamed Salah fifth and goalkeeper Alisson seventh. The latter won a new prize for the goalkeeper of the year, named after former USSR icon Lev Yashin.