Van Dijk dismisses Messi comparisons

Van Dijk dismisses Messi comparisons

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk says he cannot yet be compared to Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi. 

Van Dijk revealed this after being the runners up in the Best FIFA Men's Player of the Year Award adding he was disappointed to miss out on winning the coveted award. Messi bagged the award with Van Dijk coming second while Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo came third. The Netherlands defender admitted that there was no way at all he could be compared to Lionel Messi who was brilliant netting 51 goals in all competitions in 2018-19.

"The people who vote made a decision and you have to accept it," he said. 

"That’s just the case and as players, you can’t compare me and Messi because it’s totally different. I’m very proud to be here."

The-28-year-old helped the Reds lift the Champions League last season while falling a touching distance short of Manchester City in the Premier League. Despite missing out on the top prize, he claimed not to be disappointed.

"Disappointed? You can’t be disappointed," he said.

"I’m just very happy to be here, to be in the team of the year, after the hard work and the good work we put in last year. Today, I, unfortunately, didn’t win but I’m not disappointed," he concluded.

Jurgen Klopp's men will face MK Dons in the EFL Cup on Wednesday before taking on Sheffield United in the Premier League over the weekend.

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