We are fully convinced that Virgil van Dijk should win all the individual awards for which he will compete during the second half of 2019.
We really don’t see any other way that this could go, Virgil van Dijk is the player who should take all the individual awards this year.
The Dutch defender just won the European Supercup against Chelsea last Wednesday, he also got nominated for the UEFA Awards next to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Although we are aware that both of these players are amongst the best in history, we also need to acknowledge that Van Dijk had a far better year than any of them.
But not only that, the Liverpool player has remained consistent throughout the whole year since he arrived to play for the Reds back in 2018.
We can’t remember a defender who has been as influential as Virgil has been for a club in recent memory, we would have to go all the way back to the times of Franz Beckenbauer.
And before you come to us with the Ramos counter-argument, we need to remind you a little something about him.
Sergio was essential for Real Madrid’s 10th Champions League during the final but he wasn’t as consistent as Virgil was.
Van Dijk simply surpasses him in every single stat that you can think of, except for the goal-scoring.
📆 @VirgilVDijk last 12 months:
🏟 52 Games
⚽ 7 Goals
🥅 23 Clean Sheets
🥈 2nd in @PremierLeague
🏅 @PFA Player of the Year
🥇 @PremierLeague Player of the Year
🏆 @ChampionsLeague winner.
🏆 @UEFA Super Cup winner.
👊 Colossal. pic.twitter.com/eq4Yl4kqNr
— SPORF (@Sporf) August 15, 2019
Ramos was fortunate with his national team as well.
Even though Sergio Ramos was also a World Cup champion with Spain, he was far from being one of the most important players on his squad during that era.
Carles Puyol was the important centre-back at the time, Ramos performed as a right-back and he changed his position years later.
This is the reason we can’t accept that counter argument about the Real Madrid captain, Virgil van Dijk was far better in a single season than Ramos has been.
The UEFA nominees are the Dutchman, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Lionel Messi.
Trophy-wise, both offensive players won their respective league titles with their respective clubs, Van Dijk finished as a close second behind Manchester City but he won the UEFA Champions League.
On the individual front, all three players won the MVP trophies of their respective leagues but Virgil is the one who had the most overwhelming votes.
The only one who can possibly fight for the trophy against him is Cristiano Ronaldo, but only because he won the UEFA Nations League with Portugal.
Even then, the Portuguese forward only performed well in one match against Switzerland.
Messi. Ronaldo. Van Dijk.
The nominees are in 🏆 pic.twitter.com/Kh3wrLUg8M
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) August 15, 2019
Van Dijk’s consistency in the Champions League is the reason he should win the prize above the other two monsters, he simply performed better in the most matches.
Lionel Messi will already win the proper awards he deserves for scoring the most goals in the season, both in his league and the Champions League.
But Leo doesn’t really deserve to win the BIG awards this season, he failed to win the important collective trophies that matter the most.
Virgil is the man to look at for this award season, we will be extremely shocked if he doesn’t get to win all the prizes this year.
As a matter of fact, we think that the Liverpool fans should go on a strike or some kind of a protest if their player doesn’t win all three major prizes this year.
Virgil deserves the Ballon d’Or, FIFA’s The Best Award, and the UEFA MVP Award for everything he’s done for Liverpool this year.
We will be waiting for the announcement when it happens, and we will celebrate it as everybody should because the man earned his recognition after a magical 2019.
Virgil van Dijk’s 2019…
⛔️ Most Premier League clean sheets
✅ Record Premier League points
❗️UEFA Men’s Top 3 nominee
‼️ Fifa Men’s POTY nominee
🥈 Nations League Runner-Up
🏆 Champions League winner
🥇 Super Cup winner
❎ Wasn’t dribbled past
Ballon d’Or…? pic.twitter.com/tjeH1ueepK
— LFC Stats (@LFCData) August 15, 2019
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