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Van Dijk deserves Ballon d’Or: Wijnaldum

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According to the Liverpool and Netherlands footballer, van Dijk should be awarded the prestigious award for his work with the Reds this season.

Virgil van Dijk was named Man of the Match as his team Liverpool defeated Tottenham Hotspur to lift the UEFA Champions League title.

And now his club and international teammate Georginio Wijnaldum has said he deserves to win this year’s Ballon d’Or.

“He already had a good season, he is trying to stop everyone, that’s the way he’s playing,” said Wijnaldum to the AFP.

“For us, he’s the best defender in the world.”

He explained: “If you look at his season, he definitely deserves the Ballon d’Or but it’s not up to us to decide.”

The Netherlands played overtime to defeat England 3-1 in the UEFA Nations League Semifinal.

The Oranje will now play against Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal in the Final tomorrow in Lisbon.