Barcelona forward Leo Messi celebrates after scoring. Photo EPA
Jonathan White
Opinion

Opinion

Jonathan White

Ballon d’Or: Lionel Messi deserved to win over Liverpool’s Van Dijk despite raising the bar to where extraordinary looks ordinary

  • Time for a defender to win, some say, as they point to Virgil Van Dijk’s stellar season but history says otherwise
  • Only three defenders and one goalkeeper have ever won the award – and rightly so

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Barcelona forward Leo Messi celebrates after scoring. Photo EPA
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