Virgil van Dijk is one of the main competitors for this year’s Ballon d’Or, and it’s likely he’ll end up in the top 2 along with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.
On the other hand, Cristiano Ronaldo was far from Van Dijk or Messi in the previous season.
This resulted in a public knowledge that Ronaldo won’t win the award. Thus, the Portuguese decided to skip the event.
When the reporter from RTL7 asked Liverpool’s defender about his opinion on one rival less today [Cristiano Ronaldo], the Dutchman showed no mercy, replying:
“Was he a rival then?”
Hopefully, Cristiano doesn’t see this, because it could hurt his ego even more.