Virgil van Dijk admits that while winning the Balon D’Or would be an amazing thing, the Dutchman isn’t going to have any sleepless nights over it.
It would definitely be a dream come true for Virgil van Dijk to win the Balon D’Or but the defender says that it’s not his main aim.
Following some sensational displays in the Champions League and the Premier League for Liverpool, Van Dijk is considered one of the favourites to win the coveted individual prize.
The Reds lifted their sixth Champions League title after beating Tottenham 2-0 in the final. They also finished second in the league behind Manchester City who won the title by a solitary point. In the same season, Van Dijk helped Netherlands reach the final of the inaugural Nations League which they lost to Portugal.
And after becoming the PFA Players’ Player of the Year, the centre back is expected to continue winning individual awards due to his consistent displays.
While speaking to Sky Sports, Van Dijk said that although winning the Balon d’Or would be exciting, he wouldn’t be bothered if he doesn’t win it.
“If people are talking about it – you can’t say it doesn’t [excite you],” Van Dijk told Sky Sports.
“But it’s a subject we don’t have any influence on. I can’t change anything right now other than get fit, stay fit and that’s the situation.
“Winning something like that is a dream come true for every footballer in the world. If you don’t then you just get on with it and try to perform better than last year.
“It would be fantastic and I would be very proud. But the main thing will be to focus on what we do all together and achieving the bigger goal – that’s getting silverware with the club.”
And if he wins the prize, Van Dijk would be the first defender to do so since Fabio Cannvaro who won the award following his heroics at the 2006 World Cup for Italy.
The last time a Liverpool player won the Balon d’Or was back in 2001 when Michael Owen won it for his displays for the Reds and England.